Common Winter Plumbing Issues And How To Fix Them

March 24, 2023


Winter is a challenging time for plumbing systems. Some common plumbing issues that business owners and homeowners should be aware of include low water pressure, clogged drains, and broken water heaters.

Dealing with these problems can be time-consuming and stressful, especially if you need help fixing them. That’s why it’s essential to hire a professional plumbing contractor to prevent winter plumbing issues from occurring in the first place. However, this blog post will discuss typical winter plumbing problems and provide solutions.

Frozen Pipes

One of the most frequent wintertime plumbing problems is frozen pipes. When your water pipes freeze, the lines may expand and even burst, resulting in significant water damage. Keep the temperature inside above freezing, especially when the outside temperature is low, and insulate any exposed pipes to prevent frozen pipes. Turn on the faucet and check if the water flows if you think there may be a fixed line.

The pipe might be frozen if no water comes out or the flow is weak. The fixed line can be thawed by applying heat to the affected area, such as with a hair dryer or heating pad. It is best to call a professional plumber for plumbing services if the pipe has already burst.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can exacerbate the problem, particularly in the winter when hot water is needed for showers, dishwashing, and other household tasks. Frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of low water pressure. When the water in your pipes freeze, it can obstruct the flow of the water and reduce pressure. 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 by applying heat to the affected area with a hair dryer or a heating pad. Another possible cause of low water pressure is clogged valves. Turn off the main water supply and remove the valve to clear a blocked valve. Clean it thoroughly before reattaching it.

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

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are a common problem throughout the year. But may become more common during the winter as people use more hot water, and holiday guests inadvertently flush inappropriate items down the toilet.

Avoid pouring grease down the drain and throwing away large food particles rather than washing them down the sink to avoid clogs. If you have a clog, try clearing it with a plunger or a plumber’s snake. If the clog persists, you may need to contact a plumber. If you feel uncomfortable with trying to clear the clog yourself or are unsure of how to fix the clog, hire a professional plumber.

Frozen Sewer Lines

Fixed sewer lines are another potential issue during the winter. When temperatures fall, the water in your pipes may freeze, causing blockages and sewage to back up into your home.

To avoid frozen sewer lines, keep your home warm and insulate any exposed pipes in the crawlspace or basement. If you think your sewer line is frozen, have a plumber check it out and fix it.

Water Heater Issues

Due to an increased demand for hot water during the winter, water heater problems can also arise. One of the most common problems is the need for hot water. If you run out of hot water often, it could be because your thermostat or heating element is broken. Another common issue is a leaking tank. If you notice any water pooling around your water heater or an unusual increase in your water bill, call your water company. If there is a leak, you should contact a professional plumber.

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