Winter can be a magical time — we’ve got snow, we’ve got hot chocolate, and of course, we’ve got all the wonderful holidays! However, winter can be quite a difficult time for your plumbing system, which is why our team is here to help!
There are a number of issues that can pop up within your plumbing system during the winter, so below, we have outlined some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more (and yes, remember to call our team when you need a professional plumber in Yelm!)
Here’s What Can Happen
Be on the lookout for the following plumbing issues this winter:
Though it isn’t as common here as it is in other parts of the country, frozen pipes are still a major issue during the winter. Pipes that aren’t insulated properly or are in areas that aren’t well heated are in danger of freezing on our chillier nights. And, if you encounter problems with your home heating system, such as a furnace breakdown, there’s an even higher likelihood of this occurring!
Frozen pipes do more than just block your water flow– they create the risk of a lateral burst along the pipes, due to the spike in water pressure. So, if you find yourself facing frozen pipes, shut off your water main immediately to lower the pressure in your plumbing system, open up all your taps to allow excess pressure to escape, and give our plumbing pros a call. Do not try to thaw the pipes on your own—it’s super dangerous!
Main Water Line Troubles
As you know now, if water freezes along the inside of your pipes, they can burst. So, of course, if this happens within your main water line, then that line can break or burst. The best way to prevent this is by making sure you have pressure relief valves professionally installed at the right locations along your main water line. Otherwise, if you run into trouble, it is best you call our team.
A Broken Water Heater
Water heaters are at a higher risk of failure during winter for many reasons. For instance, hot water use is much higher during the cold months. But, there’s also the issue that the water entering your water heater is quite cold, and the system has to work harder to warm it up to the desired temperature.
This shouldn’t be a problem for a brand new and/or well-cared-for water heater, but if your water heater is aging (around 15 years old), or hasn’t received annual maintenance, then this is certainly a winter plumbing problem to watch out for.
Always, Always, Always Call a Professional
If you suspect your plumbing system is in need of attention this winter, do not hesitate to call in a professional plumber for help. Trust us, only a professional has the tools, training, and expertise to safely and correctly handle the complex needs of your system, the first time around.
Schedule your plumbing repairs with the team at Brooks Plumbing Company today!