2 Winter Plumbing Problems You Need To Avoid Now

Cold weather can be rough on many things in your home, including your plumbing system. If your pipes, water heater, and other plumbing fixtures succumb to cold weather, it could be unsettling for you this winter. Here two winter plumbing problems you want to avoid now.

Frozen Water Lines

Water lines are the most vulnerable plumbing fixtures in your house, especially during winter. Water lines can freeze if the temperature in your basement, floors, and wall cavities becomes too cold. Frozen lines can thaw out and leak large amounts of water throughout your home.

If you didn't have your water lines inspected for rust, clogs, and other problems in the past, try to do so today. You may able to check exposed water lines yourself, such as the lines found in your basement. However, you may need to enlist a plumber's help to check the lines in your floors and exterior walls. A plumber can see if the lines require:

  • insulative sleeves to keep them warm in cold temperatures
  • new parts to prevent leaks and corrosion
  • complete replacements to avoid failure in the future

It's also critical that a plumber inspect your water heating appliance for possible issues. 

Cold and Exposed Water Heater

If your water heater isn't well protected or maintained,  it could cause you issues this cold season. Your water heater could produce cold water if it has a problem with the following:

  • dip tube
  • heating elements
  • pipes 
  • tank

A plumbing contractor can cover your appliance's pipes with insulation during the inspection. A contractor may also examine the dip tube for visible cracks and other problems that interfere with heating. If the appliance sits in a very cold room, a plumber may suggest you cover it with a special blanket. The blanket not only insulates the tank, but it also keeps the water inside it hot. 

If other issues present themselves during the inspection, a plumber can address them. If your water heater won't last through the winter months without breaking down or failing, consider replacing it. Even if you take the correct precautions or insulate your water heater, it may still give out when you need it the most. A plumber can discuss why you may need to replace your water heater when they visit your home. 

Don't allow your water lines or water heater to give out on you this winter. Speak to a plumber for more information about maintaining, repairing, or replacing your fixtures today.