The 5 Most Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 in Our Blog

The 5 Most Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Read these tips and be proactive with your homes plumbing systems.

If you live in Simcoe County, then you know that the winter season comes with unique challenges. The weather gets colder, the roads get icier and the snow piles up around your home. Be proactive and help to prevent some of these issues that can happen and watch out for the signs of the most common plumbing problems that we face each winter season.

1. Frozen pipes

When the weather gets extremely cold, pipes are at risk of freezing. Prevent this plumbing problem by properly protecting your pipes. Here are a few tips on how to do this:

-Leave a steady drip of water running when you leave the house.
-When temperatures hit below freezing consistently – that’s an automatic red flag that your plumbing is at risk.
-Leave your cabinets open for heat ventilation for your pipes.
-Unhook water hoses and add covering to your outdoor irrigation systems

If you do end up with a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply right away. Doing this will take the pressure off the pipe and lessen the likelihood of a burst. However, you should call a professional plumber to prevent any significant damage to your plumbing.

2. Poor heating

Your furnace is inactive all summer and then put under great strain in the colder winter months, making them prone to breakdowns, usually at the most inconvenient times. If your home is getting inadequate heat, check your furnace and ensure it is working properly and providing your home with the heat it requires. If it’s not, call someone in to assist.

3. Water line break

Standing water can freeze and then create ice blockage in your pipes. This blockage can cause pressure to build up, and over time, can lead to a leak or a break in your plumbing systems. Use shut-off valves inside the home to keep your plumbing system running smoothly. A plumbing professional can help you with installing the valves and choosing just the right spot for them. Be sure to disconnect all outside water hoses before temperatures fall below zero at night, and drain the lines. The last thing you want to deal with is a flooded basement.

4. Water heater breakdown

Your water heater has to work extra hard in the wintertime when temperatures are below zero. Running at maximum capacity all winter long can put a real strain on your water heater, especially if it hasn’t been serviced in a while. Water heater issues can affect your plumbing in various ways; from no hot water to low flow or no flow at all. This is something you want to stay on top of to avoid these problems in winter.

5. Winterizing plumbing

Any part of your plumbing system that won’t be used over the winter should be properly winterized to reduce the risk of cracking and freezing. Again, this is a great job for your plumbing professional and a little added peace of mind for you. Knowing a professional has checked things out prior to any catastrophes, perhaps even catching any potential issues in the making will help you feel confident in your plumbing over the winter.



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