The 4 Most Common Winter Plumbing Issues Homeowners Face

Posted On: January 6, 2021

With the freezing temperatures and snowy, wet weather, winter can be quite tough on a home’s plumbing system. While plumbers and service contractors are all too familiar with these types of issues, Short Pump Heating & Air wanted to share the most common problems homeowners face, so our customers can know what to look out for and possibly prevent.

  1. Water Line Break – When standing water is left inside pipes and temperatures drop below freezing, an increase in pressure occurs and can lead to serious trouble with your water line.  One way to solve and prevent this from happening is to have a plumber install a pressure relief valve at the right spots throughout your piping system.
  2. Clogged Drains – Because more cooking and feasting are done during the holiday winter months, a greater amount of grease and food are typically dumped down the drain.  This can take time to build up to a big issue, but as soon as you start to notice slower drainage, it’d be best to call Short Pump Heating & Air and request a professional drain cleaning to prevent bigger issues.
  3. Frozen Pipes – This is the biggest issue homeowners face during the winter months. Pipes that are poorly insulated or in areas that are not well heated are in danger of freezing.  In the event your furnace breaks down, there is an increased chance your pipes could freeze as well.  If you do find out pipes are frozen, be sure to shut off the water main immediately and open taps before pressure builds too high.  Call a plumber next to prevent a lateral burst and any further damage.
  4. Failed water heater – Water heater issues occur most often in the winter months for multiple reasons. For starters, hot water is used much more often during the colder months.  Another reason is the water going into the water heater is colder than during the rest of the year, so your system is working harder to warm it up to the set temperature.  If you start to notice lower water pressure, a decline in water temperature from the taps, or any strange noises coming from the tank, be sure to get a plumber out to take a look and prevent bigger issues.

If you are experiencing any of these early signs or general plumbing issues, call 804-364-9040 today to speak with our expert plumber or schedule a service call!

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