Five Common Plumbing Problems in the Winter

Five Common Plumbing Problems in the Winter

We all love the winter because of the festivities and warm cozy feel which comes with it. Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, or none of them, the holiday season of winter will bring something for you to be happy about.

Although there isn’t anything better than drinking a hot mug of coffee or hot chocolate on a chilly winter day, none of this matters when you have to deal with a frozen plumbing system.

The cold weather can cause several plumbing issues because of water freezing in pipes. Some of the common winter plumbing issues are discussed below.

Frozen Outside Pipes

Outdoor pipes are good for summer and springtime, but they can create havoc in the winter as they can freeze and burst due to temperature fluctuations. It is recommended to remove the hose and drain all the water if your pipes get frozen.

Frozen Indoor Plumbing Lines

Interior water lines that are under uninsulated walls are at risk of freezing in winters. If the water starts freezing in them, the water supply might be affected in your faucets, taps, and showers. These pipes can burst as well if you don’t pay attention to the water supply.

It is advised to let your tap drip a little by keeping a valve slightly open to keep water moving and not freeze.

Clogged Kitchen Drains

As winter is a holiday and festive season, families get together for celebrations, leading to more cooking and kitchen use than usual. In that scenario, kitchen drain clogging is a very common problem. Always keep grease, oil, fat, frosting, bones, pasta, and corn husks out of the sink. Before putting plates into the sink, make sure to dispose of garbage first.

Unresponsive Water Heater

Water heaters can develop problems due to frequent use and require repairs. These problems commonly occur due to heat loss in pipes so, it’s better to insulate pipes running inside or outside the heater.

Snow Melting and Basement Flooding

Melting snow can cause trouble for you. It can cause water flooding on the ground, which can come into your basement. Poor plumbing systems, crack in the foundation, and sump pump overloading can also cause flooding.

Winter plumbing issues can cause havoc, so contact our team at Johnson Plumbing, Reno’s preferred residential plumbers. Our qualified experts can take care of all of your plumbing problems before they get out of hand.

We have been solving residential plumbing issues for over 20 years now. Give us a call to know more about our services.

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