Common Plumbing Problems That Happen During Winter

Monday, February 12th, 2018
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Most homeowners know that winter can cause problems for their plumbing. If it gets too cold, water can freeze your pipes, which can impact water delivery and even cause bursts. A burst pipe may not seem like a big deal, especially if it is outside. However, they can occur behind walls or under your foundation, causing substantial water damage. Other common plumbing problems that can result in larger issues include water line breaks, broken water heaters, and clogged drains.

Frozen plumbing pipes

Frozen pipes are a top concern for households that experience extreme winters. Older lead pipes, pipes that are poorly insulated, or those that are not adequately heated are in danger of freezing, especially as temperatures drop throughout the night. You may not realize this, but your home heating system can help protect your plumbing. If you are experiencing problems with your HVAC or furnace, it is possible that the problem could become worse as your pipes freeze.

Frozen pipes do not merely block your water; they can also result in lateral bursts due to the increase in pressure. When pipes freeze, your home continues to receive water from the municipal main, but it has nowhere to go because the ice blocks it. The result is that water will eventually burst along the sides and seams of the pipes.

If you don’t catch the burst fast enough, it could result in serious damage to your home, including water damage and mold. If you notice a large drop in water pressure, or no water flow at all, you should immediately shut off your water main. After that, open all of your taps to get as much water out of the plumbing system as possible.

Finally, call a professional plumber for assistance. An expert can inspect your system, diagnose the problem, and melt the ice safely. Do not try to heat your plumbing pipes on your own. Some people use propane or other DIY methods, but this can be extremely dangerous to you and your home.

Water line breaks

Similar to lateral bursts, increased water pressure in frozen pipes can also damage your main water line. The water line is the primary pipe that connects your plumbing to the water main. You can head these problems off by releasing pressure relief valves on your system. If you do not have these valves, you can ask a professional plumber to install them before winter hits.

Failed water heaters

Your water heater is most vulnerable during the winter. This is because most people use more hot water during the winter and the water entering the tank is colder than at any other point in the year. Your equipment needs to work harder and longer to heat the water, which results in more issues.

There’s nothing you can do to relieve the pressure on your water heater. However, you can keep a close eye on your equipment to see when it may need maintenance. Take note of your water heater’s performance. Write down if it is not producing as much hot water, if there are pressure problems, and if there are unusual sounds. To be safe, if you see something unusual, contact a professional plumber to evaluate your water heater and address problems before they happen.

Clogged drains

There are more holidays, big meals, and family gatherings in the winter than other season. That means more cooking, more food, and more grease and fats to go down the drains. Clogged drains often start to happen in January and February, after all of the food debris have settled. Drain issues include pressure problems, draining problems, and strange smells.

If you are experiencing problems with your plumbing this winter, contact the professionals at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo, Texas today. Our team of plumbers responds to Commercial and Residential properties in the Texas Panhandle area 24 hours a day. Call us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to see how we can help you. You can also visit us in person at 404 S. Hayden Street in Amarillo.