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Watch for These Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 11:00 am

The holiday get-togethers may be over with, but winter is definitely a time we all stay indoors, and cook big, comfort-food type meals. That being said, you could be tempted to put all your food waste down the drain.

But if you have a garbage disposal, you’d be better of disposing of some items in your trash can—such as hard foods, fibrous foods such as celery, and excessive potato peels. This is just one of the common winter plumbing problems homeowners deal with. Keep reading to learn more.

No Hot Water

This is a problem you don’t want to face at any time of the year, but during the winter is particularly difficult. Properly functioning water heaters are essential to your home comfort. To ensure that yours doesn’t get overwhelmed this winter, turn up the heat to maximize its capability, 120 degrees Fahrenheit, to help the hot water last longer.

Toilet Clogs

It’s essential that you have a waste basket handy in your bathroom to throw away trash. Small children, guests and the like may be tempted to throw their trash away in your toilet, causing stubborn clogs. Don’t be embarrassed to remind your guests that nothing goes down the toilet but toilet paper! Even flushable wipes can cause an issue.

Frozen Pipes

This is, understandably, one of the most common winter plumbing problems. While temperatures don’t get as bitterly cold as they do in other parts of the country, this is still a definite possibility. The best thing you can do to prevent this is drain your outdoor faucets, and add insulation to vulnerable pipes, such as those under your sinks and those that run along outdoor facing walls.

With the New Year upon us, the last way you want to start it is with a major plumbing disaster. So be sure to follow the above tips!

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