The freezing temperatures and the effect the temperatures have on the water in your pipes can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Fortunately, you can be proactive and avoid a lot of plumbing issues this season. Here are 5 of the most common winter plumbing problems homeowners face – and how you can avoid them.
1. Clogged Kitchen Drains
With all the cooking going on over the holidays, kitchen sinks take a huge hit. More food waste being sent down the drain often means more clogs are likely to occur. That’s why it’s recommended to avoid throwing leftovers in your sink. Only small scraps of food should go down your garbage disposal. Also, remember to run water when your garbage disposal is on so it can clear out all the food waste.
2. Water Heater Issues
If you’re hosting out-of-town guests this winter, your water heater could experience some issues with the increased traffic. Make sure to wait 10-15 minutes in between showers. This allows your hot water supply to replenish while also giving your drains time to clear out so they don’t clog.
3. Frozen Pipes
Pipes that are located in unheated areas such as your garage, attic, basement or crawlspace are more susceptible to freezing temperature in the winter. You should plan on insulating your pipes so they can withstand the cold winter temperatures. The last thing you need to worry about is a pipe freezing and bursting. Keep in mind that all your pipes could experience freezing – even the ones located inside.
4. Sump Pump Backup
During this time of year, your sump pump is likely to experience increased usage due to all the melting ice and snow. To avoid backups and clogs, you should have your sump pump maintained in the early fall. Maintenance doesn’t stop there though. You will want to make sure you are testing it regularly throughout the winter to ensure it’s working properly.
5. Outdoor Drainage Problems
Over the winter, your outdoor drains could freeze, which can cause damage – especially if your drains are made of plastic. Many homeowners upgrade to metal drains, which are a lot harder to crack and can withstand the buildup of ice a lot better. In the fall, it’s also a good idea to remove leaves and yard debris that may have accumulated in your outdoor drains so you can avoid having to deal with clogs and other problems with drainage in the winter.
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