Plumbing systems have a difficult time during the winter. Other common winter plumbing issues that homeowners and business owners should be aware of include low water pressure, clogged drains, and faulty water heaters.
Dealing with these issues can be stressful and time-consuming, especially if you require assistance in resolving them. That’s why it’s essential to hire a professional plumbing contractor to prevent winter plumbing issues from occurring in the first place.
This blog post will cover the most common winter plumbing issues and offer solutions. So let’s get started.
Frozen pipes are amongst the most typical winter plumbing issues. When the water in your pipes freezes, it causes the lines to expand and possibly burst, causing extensive water damage. To avoid frozen pipes, insulate any exposed pipes and keep the indoor temperature above freezing point, especially when the outside temperature is low. If you suspect a frozen line, try turning on the faucet and seeing if the water flows.
The pipe may be frozen if no water comes out or the flow is weak. Applying heat to the affected area, such as with a hair dryer or heating pad, can help to thaw the line. If the pipe has already burst, it is best to call an expert for plumbing repairs.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can aggravate the problem, especially in the winter, when hot water is required for showers, dishwashing, and other household tasks. One of the leading causes of low water pressure is frozen pipes. When the water in the pipes freeze, it can obstruct the flow of water and cause the pressure to drop. To see if frozen pipes are the source of your low water pressure, turn on the faucet and see if the water flows.
The pipe may be frozen if no water comes out or the flow is weak. Thaw the line using a hair dryer or a heating pad to apply heat to the affected area. Clogged valves are another possible source of low water pressure. Turn off the main water supply and remove the valve to clear a blocked valve. Clean it thoroughly before reattaching it.
Clogged drains are a common issue year round. They can, however, become more common during the winter as people use more hot water, and holiday guests inadvertently flush inappropriate items down the toilet.
To avoid clogs, refrain from pouring grease down the drain and throwing away large food particles rather than washing them down the sink. If you have a clog, try using a plunger or a plumber’s snake to clear it. If the clog persists, you may need to contact a plumber. If you feel uncomfortable, hire a professional plumber.
Frozen Sewer Lines
Another potential issue during the winter is frozen sewer lines. When the temperature drops, the water in the pipes may freeze, resulting in blockages and sewage backing up into your home.
Keep your home warm and insulate any exposed pipes in the crawlspace or basement to avoid frozen sewer lines. If you suspect a frozen sewer line, contact a plumber to inspect and repair it.
Water Heater Issues
Water heater issues can also arise during the winter due to the increased demand for hot water. One of the most common problems is the need for hot water. If you’re running out of hot water frequently, the issue could be a faulty thermostat or heating element. Another common issue is a leaking tank. Take notice of any water pooling around your water heater or an unusual increase in your water bill.
You should call a professional plumber to investigate if there is a leak.
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