While plumbing problems aren’t restricted to the winter months, they are certainly more common – and more difficult to deal with. With this in mind, Around the Bend would always recommend having a full winter plumbing checkup before you head into the colder months.
To raise awareness for this, we’re going to be listing some of the most common winter plumbing problems that you might encounter as the mercury falls.
When temperatures fall past a certain point, pipes are at risk of freezing over. If they are unprotected, that is. Here are a couple of ways that you can guard against frozen pipes:
- Heating – Keeping your heating on will make sure your pipes stay at a warm temperature, making it difficult for them to freeze. You don’t need to have your heating on too high, just at a steady temperature to keep the frost at bay. Make sure you find the right balance between keeping your pipes warm and keeping costs down; you don’t want to be faced with an unwelcome bill at the end of the month.
- Draining – Frozen pipes can be caused by pre-existing blockages that simply freeze over, rendering your pipes useless until the situation is resolved. You can combat the possibility of blockages by draining your outside tap every so often. Letting your tap run can release some of the extreme pressure that builds up between the tap itself and any ice blockage. If there’s no pressure, then the risk of a burst pipe is lessened.
Water heater failure
There’s nothing worse than heading upstairs for a hot shower after a long, wintry day, only to find that your water heater is on the blink. Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly uncommon.
In the winter, your water heater has to work much harder than usual, and the heater itself will only last for ten years or so. This is worth keeping in mind as we head into January, especially if you’re working with an older system that might need replacing.
Water mains leaks
Frozen pipes aren’t just a problem in and of themselves, they can also cause your pipes to split and leak. This happens in the following way:
Standing water freezes and creates a blockage in your pipes. If your pipes are left long enough, pressure will build up over time. Once this pressure reaches a certain point, your pipes will simply split. To guard against this, you can refer to the tips that we offered in earlier in the article.
The problem with heating systems is that we shut them off during the summer, but demand a great deal of them in the winter. This rapid change in usage can lead to breakdowns.
The fix? Slowly ease your heating into winter by putting it on low for short periods of time, rather than cranking it up to full once Christmas has passed.
Here at Around The Bend Plumbing, we pride ourselves on delivering professional and reliable plumbing services at competitive prices for all of our customers in Brighton, Eastbourne, and Worthing. If you’re having problems with your plumbing, get in touch with a friendly member of our team today and we’ll make sure your issue is remedied as quickly as possible.