4 Most Common Winter Plumbing Problems
It is common knowledge that, while winter is one of the most wonderful seasons of the year, it does bring along several of its own unique challenges, and dangers, to your home. The weather gets cold, roads start to ice up, and snow can start to pile up around your home. With all of this happening at once, it is easy to see why you need to stay vigilant in making sure your home is well protected against damages that can arise from these situations, but a lot of homeowners tend to overlook their home’s plumbing system when it comes to taking steps to prevent winter damage. While you might think that your home’s plumbing is safe from the worst winter has to offer while it’s nestled below ground, the truth of the matter is that your plumbing system requires just as much care to get safely through the winter season as any other system in your home. Our Wenatchee Valley plumbers never like to see our customers get stuck out in the cold with issues that could have been prevented with a little bit of prior care or planning, so we have put together a short list of four of the most common winter plumbing problems we encounter in the average year to help you better identify when it’s time to call in one of our plumbing professionals at Patriot Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.
When the weather gets extremely cold, your home’s pipes are at a serious risk of freezing. This can all be prevented by making sure that your pipes are properly protected, which is something that a professional plumbing is more than capable of helping you with. In the event that you do have a pipe freeze, however, you need to shut of the main water supply as quickly as possible. This will ease the pressure on the pipe and decrease the likelihood of it bursting. After that, it is important to call in a professional plumber for maintenance or plumbing repairs so they can help prevent significant damage to the rest of your system.
Boiler systems are inactive all summer, and are then suddenly put under great strain during the colder months of the year, which, unfortunately, makes them prone to inconvenient breakdowns sometimes. If your home isn’t getting the kind of heat you need from your boiler, you will want to check your boiler pressure and make sure that the power source is working, or you can entrust the work to a professional plumbing contractor. Having a professional come take a look is generally the better option as they will understand better what to look for, and will be able to help identify the issue much more quickly and safely.
Water Line Break
Standing water in your pipes can sometimes freeze, leading to blockages. This blockage can cause serious pressure to build up in your pipes, and over time, can lead to serious leaks or even complete pipe breakage. If you suspect you have an ice blockage in your pipes, using shut off valves inside the home can help keep your home running smoothly until the blockage melts away. If the block is severe, and doesn’t seem to be abating, call in a professional as soon as possible.
Water Heater Breakdown
Your water heater has to work extra hard during the long winter months, and running at this kind of capacity for so long can cause serious strain on the system, especially if it hasn’t been professionally serviced in some time. If you notice that your water heater is having trouble doing its job, or making a lot of weird noises, call in a professional to help identify the problem and get it all working again.