Plumbing problems can happen any time, regardless of what season and month it is. However, winter brings along its own set of plumbing-related challenges. Unfortunately, not many homeowners proactively prepare for winter plumbing problems, only dealing with issues once they start manifesting and wreaking havoc.
Now that winter is just a few weeks away, here are some of the plumbing problems you need to watch out for.
1. Frozen Pipes
Any unprotected component of your plumbing system can freeze when the temperatures get low enough. In fact, it’s a common occurrence. Frozen pipes, when left unattended, can burst and cause more serious problems.
As soon as the temperatures begin to drop, it’s best to have your plumbing system checked and make sure that exposed pipes are protected. One of the ways that can help keep pipes from freezing is to let water drip slowly to ensure continuous movement in the system. Furthermore, your trusted plumber may suggest other preventive solutions.
In the event that your pipes do freeze, call a plumber immediately to prevent further issues.
2. Water Heater Damage
Water heaters get used the most during winter. Standard water heaters typically function well for about 10 years. A decade after they were first installed, they likely need to be replaced.
This coming winter, your water heater will have to work harder to keep the water in the tank at a certain temperature. If you don’t want to be inconvenienced by a damaged water heater just when you need a warm shower, it’s best that you have yours checked and replaced before the cold weather sets in.
3. Clogged Drains
The holiday season is a season for celebrations. You will probably prepare and cook more food than usual as you host gatherings and entertain guests. All of this means your plumbing and drainage systems will be used more extensively. One of the downsides of this season is that clogged drain issues are likely to occur.
The best way to prevent this is to have your plumbing and drainage systems checked before the busy season comes. This way, minor problems that are likely to cause clogs and blockages can be solved before they get worse.
4. Frozen or Burst Septic Tank
When it gets very cold, the line going from your home to the septic tank can freeze. Worse, the tank can burst as it expands due to the freezing. This issue can become more complicated easily. While heavy snow cover may protect the septic tank, there is a higher risk for failure if the snow on top of the tank is compacted.
When your septic tank bursts, there is no other way to deal with it but to call a plumber as soon as possible. However, you can also ask your trusted plumber for preventive measure suggestions as early as now.
While you would want nothing but a fun holiday season, these common winter problems can easily ruin the celebrations. Don’t wait until you’ll have to face these problems before you get your plumbing system inspected. Call 411 Plumber today to schedule a free inspection!