Winter time brings the holidays, the company of family and friends, and the brisk, cold, winter air. It also brings a variety of potential plumbing problems for those of us who don’t practice proper plumbing care. Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, it’s vital that you practice proper plumbing maintenance – or invest in the services of a local plumber who can do it for you. But what sorts of problems should you be looking out for? Here are a few of the most common winter plumbing problems we encounter each year.
1. Broken Water Heater
Winter time means lots of hot water use, because let’s face it, we all take a few extra minutes in the shower to revel in the wonderful heat. However, the cold weather also means more stress and strain on your water heater. There are various problems to look out for – sediment build up in the tank, leaks, pressure problems, and more. We recommend investing in seasonal maintenance for your water heater each winter, where a plumber will check for leaks, drain your tank, look for exposed wiring, and more.
2. Sewer Line Clogs
The rain and cold winter season mean a greater likelihood of sewer line clogs for your home. Not only is this a pain because it puts your toilets, sinks, and showers out of commission for a day, but it also often leads to water and sewage backup into your home. Nobody wants to deal with the business of cleaning up raw sewage. Make yourself aware of the tell-tale signs of a main sewer line clog so you can call a plumber as soon as you notice something’s not quite right.
3. Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are probably the most common winter plumbing problems we encounter in winter. Frozen water combined with the pressure within your plumbing line isn’t necessarily a recipe for your favorite Christmas cookies. In fact, this combination leads to the expansion of the frozen water within your pipes, causing strain and often times breakage or bursting.
4. Water Leaks
A water leak in winter can spell disaster for your plumbing line. As water leaks, it can easily solidify and freeze around other portions of your pipeline, causing even more damages. Not only this, but a leaky pipe in winter can be difficult to detect. This means that, little by little, your water bill will become more and more expensive, costing you dozens if not hundreds of extra dollars.
5. Septic Tank Problems
There are still many individuals on septic systems in California, and with these come a whole new set of problems to deal with. Be on the lookout for a frozen main septic pipe, as well as a frozen septic tank itself. And make sure to keep up on your regularly scheduled septic tank cleanouts, since this will help ensure that your tank is in good health for the winter.
If you experience any of these or other winter plumbing problems, give us a call for all your plumbing in Loveland