Winter Weather Issues That May Require The Help Of A Plumber
Winter weather may be great for skiing, ice-skating, and snowboarding, but it is not the best time of year for the plumbing in your home. Low temperatures can lead to several plumbing problems that will not only drive you crazy and mess with your daily routine, but may require you to have the plumber’s number saved in your cell phone.
Hot Water Heater Malfunction
The icy winter months make the odds of having a hot water heater breakdown much higher, especially if it is an old hot water tank. Water heaters have to work harder in the winter in order to deliver hot water throughout the home. Laundry washers, sinks, dishwashers, bathtubs, and most importantly, showers- all rely on the hot water heater. A broken hot water heater can wreak havoc on your daily routine and overall hygiene, if not repaired or replaced in a timely manner.
Clogged Kitchen Drains
Cooking oil and other grease that goes down the drain, even in small amounts can cause big problems in the winter months. Cold pipes will cause oil to congeal or harden. When this happens, the pipes will become clogged which will cause water to drain at a much slower pace. It can also cause water to back up and overflow over the sink which can lead to damage of cabinets, flooring and anything else that is nearby. There are some drain cleaner chemicals you can use that will clear out less severe clogs. If you are handy around the house, you may be tempted to attack this job yourself, but be careful. The last thing you want to do is make the problem worse and more expensive to fix when you finally do call that plumber.
Low temperatures can lead to frozen pipes. When pipes are exposed to cold air for long periods of time, the water inside the pipes will begin to freeze. In many cases, the when a pipe is frozen it can be thawed. They can unstop the frozen pipe with heat from a heating pad, blow dryer, heat gun, or space heater that will begin to thaw the ice and allow water to run through the open faucet. Unfortunately, not all frozen pipes are immediately detected. As the water freezes, it expands putting pressure on the pipe until it eventually bursts. A burst pipe can cause serious damage and will usually require the hand of a professional plumber. Experts from Edmonton Plumbing will need to be called for those who Need-A-Plumber in Canada. Prevention, however, is the best way to avoid a complete disaster. Keep garage doors closed and kitchen cabinets open. Let water run at a trickle from faucets that lead to pipes with a higher chance of freezing.
Prevention is the key to warding off major plumbing problems in the winter. Insulating hot water heaters, disposing of grease properly, and protecting vulnerable pipes can all help to avoid major problems. But when a problem does arise, hiring a professional can make all the difference.