The winter months are usually a time when we take every precaution to keep our bodies warm and avoid the harsh weather. While you care for your body, be sure to give your plumbing special attention as well. The winter weather not only takes a toll on your body but your pipes as well. At Hubb Plumbing we believe that the best way to avoid a disaster is to be prepared and that what we want for you. We want you to follow these top winter plumbing tips so you can avoid unnecessary plumbing repairs.
Frozen pipes are some of the most common problems during the winter months. When temperatures reach low levels, it can affect the water pressure in your pipes. The water in your pipes can freeze causing it to slow or even completely stop. To avoid limited access to your water you can insulate your pipes to keep them warm and working. When the temperature drops below freezing it is also a good idea to let your faucets leak over night so the water doesn’t sit still in your pipes, making them more likely to freeze over.
Water pressure that builds up in a home can lead to leaks or breaks in the line. This happens most commonly when a garden hose is left connected to the line. The water within the pipe can build up and lead to excess pressure, causing pipes to leak. Be sure to disconnect garden hoses from any external faucet or spigot during winter.
Faulty Water Heater
Water heaters are most commonly used during the winter months. Who doesn’t love a hot bath on a cold day? If you have a gas water heater, it is important to make sure that your pilot light is always on. As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to have your water heater checked to make sure that it is functioning properly during the cold.
Clogged Drains and Pipes
During the course of the holiday season, it is not uncommon for people to throw their food down the drains, more so than usual. As a result, the grease from the food combined with the cold weather can cause an unhealthy build up. This can eventually lead to limited water flow and clogged drains and pipes.
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