Winter can be a peaceful time of year, but it can also cause havoc for your home’s plumbing system when things get too cold. The last thing you want to deal with during the frigid days of the season is a problem with your pipes. There are important plumbing fixtures in your home that may suffer from the effects of the freezing weather, but there are ways to keep your water and drains running smoothly with a bit of careful prep and a close watch.
Keep Your Pipes From Freezing
Everyone’s heard about pipes freezing during the winter, and unfortunately, anyone can be at risk for this kind of disaster. Some people use the slow drip method to keep their pipes from freezing, while others opt to wrap their pipes with insulation. The problem is that some of your pipes are hidden, out of reach, or close to a cold draft. When the water in your pipes freeze, the ice can cause pipes to expand, crack, break -- causing a rush of water to go where it doesn’t belong. You don’t want this kind of water damage in your home or leaking into your foundations. When the water freezes in your pipes, turn off the water at the main valve and call a plumber.
Your Drains Are Clogged
Clogged drains are more prevalent during the winter due to a variety of factors like frozen drainpipes. If there’s grease in the drain, the cold weather can cause it to harden and to back up. Not only does it make drainage hard, but it can be damaging as well! After all, nobody wants a clogged drain for the holidays, so calling a professional is your best bet to solve this messy problem.
Water Heater Woes
Everyone loves a hot shower on a cold day, but your water heater has to work harder when the temperature drops to heat the water. If your water heater is between 8-12 years old, then it may be time for a new one. If your hot water is just room temperature or is fluctuating during use, you should call your local plumber to diagnose a potential issue. The problem may be something as simple as a thermostat replacement, but things can always get murky.
Your pipes and fixtures need regular maintenance for superior performance. Stay ahead of winter-related plumbing problems by hiring a professional plumber, before it’s too late.