The winter season brings more than just snow and holiday cheer. It can also bring a host of plumbing issues. Plumbers get calls all the time in the winter for issues like frozen pipes and clogged garbage disposals. Let's take a closer look at five common winter plumbing problems and how you can avoid them:
When the temperatures dip below freezing, pipes inside homes are more likely to freeze. When pipes freeze, they will burst open, causing water damage in the home. One of the most effective ways to prevent frozen pipes is to always keep your heat on. If you plan to leave your house for a few days, you should still set your thermostat above 50 degrees.
It may also be a good idea to apply insulation to pipes that are located in the basement or another area that does not have proper insulation.
Clogged Garbage Disposals
In the wintertime, you may be doing a lot more cooking for holiday parties. All of this cooking can lead to more food particles and grease going down your garbage disposal, increasing the risk of clogs. To prevent issues with your garbage disposal, avoid throwing fibrous foods and leftover cooking grease down the disposal.
Water Heater Breakdown
During the winter months, you use hot water more frequently to stay warm. This can cause wear and tear on your water heater. Before the temperatures dip too low, have a plumber full inspect your water heater for leaks and other issues. If the plumber finds a problem, he or she can repair it before the water heater breaks down.
Water Line Leaks
If you leave your garden hose connected to your house in the winter, it can cause the water line to leak or burst. Remember to disconnect your garden house from your home before winter hits to prevent this issue.
Sewer Line Backup
A sewer line backup in the wintertime is more costly due to the frozen ground, so it is best to avoid it in the first place. Have a plumber inspect your septic tank and pump it if necessary before the winter season.
Plumbing issues can be costly and messy. If you pay careful attention to your plumbing system during the winter, you will be less likely to experience the issues mentioned above. However, if you still encounter a plumbing issue, you should contact your local plumbing services.