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Nov09

4 Common Plumbing Problems in Winter

Plumbing problems are bound to happen any time of the year. But with the freezing temperature and snowfall brought about by winter, there's a higher chance of enduring plumbing problems.

Below are 4 of the most common plumbing issues homeowners face during winter, along with some suggestions on how to prevent them.

Water heater breakdown

As the temperature drops below zero in the winter, your water heater has to work harder to keep up with your family's needs. Considering that you use hot water for different activities throughout the day, don't be surprised if you experience some problems with your water heater in wintertime.

To avoid this inconvenience, we recommend that you have your water heater serviced before the cold weather kicks in. Flush and drain your water heater at least once a year to eliminate sediments and mineral deposits that accumulated at the bottom of your tank. Plus, it helps your water heater to function more efficiently.

Frozen exterior pipes

Water can freeze quickly when the weather the outside temperature drop. When the outdoor pipes are not properly winterized, they are likely to freeze and burst.

Keep your pipes protected and heated by installing insulation tubes. Prepare your outdoor plumbing for winter by draining all outdoor pipes, making sure it is clear of the water. Also, detach the garden hose and store it inside the house. For added safety, we suggest that you shut off the valves as well. If done correctly, this can prevent potential problems and costly repairs.

Waterline break

You may not realize it, but your indoor pipes may also freeze. Since metal is an excellent thermal conductor, the water inside the pipes may freeze and expand when subjected to extreme temperature. This can cause blockage in the pipes and may lead to a leak or break over time.

To prevent pipes from freezing, let the water drip from the faucet - even a trickle. It relieves pressure building up in the pipes and can save you from the hassle and expense of a frozen or burst pipe.

Clogged drains

For many of us, holiday celebrations are synonymous with family gatherings. All the cooking and washing dishes can be hard on your kitchen drains, especially since everyone does dishes a little differently.

To prevent clogged kitchen drains, it is best to encourage family members to keep fat, oil, grease, pasta, and corn husks out of your garbage disposal. Or better yet, ask them to scrape any solid food off the plates before putting them in the sink.