Winters are a busy time for families in Reno. It’s a popular time for families to come visit, throw parties and have get-togethers . However, the harsh winters in Reno take a toll on your home’s plumbing system and can lead to plumbing emergencies amongst all these festivities, which is less than idea. As a homeowner, it’s essential to be aware of the plumbing issues that strike during winter so you can be better prepared.
Here are some common plumbing issues to expect during the winter season:
Pipes freezing over
With temperatures reaching subzero from December to March in Reno, it’s no surprise that pipes freeze over. Reno also experiences some snowfall during December and January which makes the issue worse.
Unprotected pipes freeze over when the temperatures begin to drop. Frozen pipes lead to blockages in your plumbing system, resulting in restricted water flow or low pressure in the faucets. Having exposed pipes insulated can prevent such issues from occurring. Expert plumbers will be able to locate all the pipes that require insulation and complete the job efficiently.
If your home’s pipes do freeze during winter, turn the water supply off immediately and call a reliable local plumber in Reno.
Water heater failure
Water heaters are essential for fall and winter. A cold shower is unbearable in these months. While average water heaters have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, failure to maintain them can shorten their lifespan significantly. You can wake up one day and not have any hot water, as a result. Make sure you have a professional inspect, maintain, and repair your water heater regularly. If your water heater is quite old, now’s the best time to have a new one installed.
The holiday cheer of the festive season results in more guests visiting for the holidays. That means your plumbing system has to work in overtime, from the garbage disposal to the toilet, and even the water heater. Schedule preventative maintenance and have the drains of your plumbing system professionally clean to prevent any major plumbing issues from arising. Clean drains also promote better flow in the pipes.
It’s common to experience broken pipes during winter. When pipes freeze over, the pressure of the gushing water eventually cause the pipe to burst and break. Broken pipes cause significant water damage in a home, which is less than ideal when the temperatures are steadily dropping.
While homeowners should ideally switch their water supply off when pipes freeze over, many homeowners aren’t aware of the signs that a pipe has frozen over. As a result, the pressure from the flowing water causes the pipes to break or develop leaks.
If you’re dealing with any plumbing issues, get in touch with us, at Johnson Plumbing. We provide emergency plumbing in Reno. Our other services include residential bathroom remodeling, general commercial, residential, and industrial plumbing in Reno, NV. Contact us to remedy your plumbing problems.