Winterizing your home or even your business is an important process, and can end up being quite costly if left ignored or done incorrectly. But sometimes, even with our due diligence, things can go wrong. Some common examples like burst pipes, clogged pipes, or an issue with your water heater can arise when you least expect, and often during the most inconvenient times, like Christmas dinner when all of your guests are about to arrive. To help you avoid any worst-case scenarios, here are some common winter plumbing problems to be mindful of and how to fix them if they happen to occur.
Clogged or Slow-Draining Sink From Holiday Indulgences
The holidays are all about indulging with family and friends. And with all of the consumption of turkey dinner and everything in between, grease, coffee grinds, and other items can easily end up down the sink, causing it to clog or slowly drain. Pouring any grease, oils or coffee grounds down the drain is a big no-no since they can easily cause a blockage to form as they coat and cake up the pipes. If there is a slight clog happening in your kitchen sink, you can try using a plunger over the drain. If you have a double sink, make sure to stuff something down the other drain to provide necessary pressure when plunging. If it’s a stubborn clog and that doesn’t work then give us a call!
Water Line Leak
Burst pipes and breaks in the water lines are a very common issue that we respond to during the winter. When a there’s a leak in a water line, it means there’s still water that’s present in your outdoor plumbing systems. When the water freezes, it expands, causing the line to burst. So always ensure that each of your outdoor systems are drained, such as the hose. If there’s a leak, shut off the valves, if they haven’t been turned off already. This is usually a job that’s best left to a licensed plumber to repair.
No Hot Water
There’s nothing quite as unpleasant as having to suffer through an ice cold shower during the winter. And when your water heater fails, it can cause a big hiccup in your plans. If this happens, sometimes all you need to do is adjust the temperature gauge. The temperature gauge should always be set at or below 140 degrees – never more than that or it can become dangerously hot. So check your gauge, and if there’s no sign of error there then contact Faucet Fix to get to the bottom of the issue so you can get back to enjoying hot showers.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but you can avoid being the one who has to endure plumbing hassles and catastrophes during those times when you really need to count on it the most. This is why winterizing ahead of the chilly weather is important, and why having a professional who knows exactly what to do can end up saving you a whole lot of aggravation in the future. Contact us at Faucet Fix to take care of all your plumbing-related needs before and during the winter.