During winter, plumbing systems can suffer significant damage. If homeowners have not kept up with regular plumbing maintenance throughout the year, they are more likely to experience problems during the cold weather months. It is important to be aware of the following winter plumbing issues and to take immediate action with the help of Alpha Plumbing.
FROZEN PLUMBING PIPES
When the weather gets colder, one of the most common plumbing problems people face is frozen pipes. This issue occurs significantly when the temperature drops below freezing levels, and also within pipes that are poorly insulated in exposed areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and garages are at significant risk of freezing. The freezing of these pipes can lead to them bursting, which can cause severe water damage to your property and cost money to repair.
CLOGGED DRAINS IN YOUR PLUMBING SYSTEM
To prevent clogs in your drains, it is essential to avoid washing oil and grease down your sink. However, sometimes accidents happen. Over time, your pipes can collect debris, such as hair, soap scum, or cooking substances, which can eventually cause blockages. During cold weather, clogs increase as anything stuck in the pipes can stiffen, solidify, or combine with frozen water, leading to a fully stopped-up sink or shower. Kitchen sink drain pipes are particularly susceptible to freezing, adding to the plumbing issues you may encounter during the colder months.
WATER HEATER MALFUNCTIONING
One more issue to watch out for during the winter season is the deterioration and malfunction of your water heater. As a hardworking appliance used throughout the year, your water heater can experience additional wear and tear during the colder months. This can lead to a breakdown, mainly if you’ve skipped seasonal maintenance over the past year or more.
If you notice that your water is lukewarm or chilly when you expect it to be piping hot, it could be a sign of an overworked or failing water heater. Inconsistent water temperatures, strange noises, or signs of leakage are all red flags that you should take action promptly. Dealing with a damaged water heater is a hassle no homeowner wants to face, regardless of the time of year.
A RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST
Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and own and operate our backhoes for excavating jobs.
For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.