Don’t Let The Cold Weather Create Problems For Your Plumbing System

January 12, 2023


Plumbing systems can be severely harmed by winter’s harsh weather conditions. As your entire family spends up to four months hibernating indoors in anticipation of spring, your pipes and water-based appliances start to experience the “winter blues,”.

When the weather turns cold, homeowners who have ignored routine plumbing maintenance throughout the year by brushing off small problems as “no big deal” can see that those problems worsen. You may need emergency expert plumbing contractors for repairs and fixtures. We recommend you don’t let the cold weather cause a plumbing disaster.

How Cold Weather Affects The Pipes In Your Home

When winter comes, your home’s plumbing may be significantly impacted by the cold. Pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures may break, resulting in leaks and leak repairs. It’s crucial to take a few preventative measures to avoid broken pipes and other cold-weather plumbing problems.

Keep an eye out for these typical winter plumbing issues, and act right away if anything seems off in these areas.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are one of the most prevalent plumbing issues throughout the winter. Poorly insulated or exposed pipes in basements, garages, and crawl spaces are particularly susceptible to freezing when temperatures fall below 0°C. This indicates that they could burst, and believe us when we say you want to avoid that mess at all costs.

A burst pipe can result in expensive water damage to your home that will cost you thousands of dollars to repair, as well as create a haven for mold and mildew. Note that frozen or burst pipes don’t always make a loud noise when they burst.

Clogged Drains

Although you should know better than to wash grease and oil down your drains, we admit that accidents sometimes happen. You also now know that cold weather can cause drains to clog.

Pipes gather dirt, including hair, soap scum, and sticky cooking residue that accumulates over time. If there is anything caught in your pipes during the cold weather, it may stiffen, freeze, or mix with frozen water to completely block your sink or shower.

Fortunately, there are actions you can take to avoid frozen lines, and annoying cold winter plumbing issues, such as blocked kitchen sink drain pipes. Try pouring boiling water down the affected drain; if that doesn’t help, contact a professional plumber for drain cleaning services.

Water Heater Issues

In addition to frozen pipes and clogged drains, another plumbing issue associated with cold weather is the degradation and failure of water heaters. All year long, your water heater puts forth a lot of effort. It works overtime in the winter to keep up with the demand for hot showers, large loads of laundry, and dishes.

When seasonal maintenance has been neglected for a year or more, that additional wear and tear might cause a water heater breakdown. When you want your water to be scorching hot, lukewarm or cool water does more than simply make for an unpleasant shower. It can be a symptom of a faulty or overworked water heater.

How To Prevent These Disasters

Here are a few things you can do to prevent these disasters.

  • Make sure to insulate any pipes that are situated in non-heated places, such as the attic, garage, or crawl space.
  • Fix any leaks that are present close to external pipes. The cold air might enter and freeze your pipes if these air leaks aren’t properly sealed.
  • Garden hoses should be stored, and the outside water supply should be turned off. To accomplish this right, abide by these guidelines.
  • Do not lower your thermostat below 10 degrees celsius if you are leaving town.
  • Finally, and most importantly, make sure that you and everyone else in your home are aware of the location of the main shutoff valve. Shut off the water supply to your home immediately if a pipe bursts to save further damage.

Also Read: Why Is It Important To Perform Plumbing Leak Repairs Quickly?

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