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How to Fix the Three Most Common Winter Plumbing Problems

With winter nipping at our heels, now is the time for diligent homeowners to make sure they are ready for cold weather. Here at Mr. Rooter, we want to provide people with the best way to keep their homes safe. After all, this is a time for family, not plumbing problems.

Below are some of the most common winter plumbing problems you face as a homeowner:

1. Frozen Pipes

Water expands as it freezes — something that can cause a burst pipe, flooding and damage to personal property. As much as getting out of hosting this year's holiday party might sound like a good thing; cleaning up water-damaged furniture is not much better.

To avoid this costly repair, the simplest method would be to let a small amount of room temperature water run through your pipes on exceptionally cold nights. This will keep water flowing, which prevents pipes from freezing over. Homeowners can also choose to wrap un-insulated pipes with a blanket or a type of foam.

2. Clogged Pipes

Another common plumbing problem that comes up regardless of the season: clogged pipes. But before you go running for the chemical drain cleaner, you might want to consider safer and more natural alternatives. Chemicals can eat away your plumbing and result in future cracks.

Instead, we recommend using natural drain cleaners, like vinegar, baking soda, and warm water. Best of all, these items are easily found in any kitchen cabinet and can be really inexpensive.

3. Burst Pipe

Perhaps the biggest winter nightmare (next to the credit card bill after Christmas, of course) is a burst pipe. If this does happen, your first step would be to locate the main water valve and shut off the water immediately. Unlike a small leak, a burst pipe can cause damage very quickly. Shutting off the water won’t reverse the damage that’s already been done, but it will prevent the problem from getting worse.

Unlike the previously mentioned problems, this problem will require the assistance of a professional plumber.

Give Mr. Rooter of Southeast Wisconsin a call today!