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Common Winter Plumbing Issues
As the winter months approach, it is important for homeowners to be aware of potential plumbing issues. In particular, the cold weather can wreak havoc on pipes and lead to cracked or burst pipes and other problems. That is why our team of expert plumbers are here to help. At McClain Bros Plumbing and Heating, we understand the importance of being prepared for the cold winter months and specialize in diagnosing and repairing common plumbing issues that are likely to occur. We want our clients to know that they can rely on us when it comes to the security of their home’s plumbing system. Below we will go over some of the common plumbing issues you may come across during the winter season.
During the winter months and holiday season, homeowners may often experience clogged drains due to an increase in food debris buildup. Colder temperatures can cause fats, oils and greases contained in food to solidify and harden when they come into contact with your plumbing. This builds up over time and will eventually block the drain. Food bits, coffee grounds, and oils that have been discarded down the sink might also stick together and become a sticky mess, trapping other particles as they travel through the pipe. All of this leads to a clog that is quite difficult to tackle without professional help. This is why it is far more effective to take preventive action throughout the winter than to wait for a major blockage before getting help.
If you are running into issues with a clogged drain, we recommend reaching out to our team as soon as possible in order to avoid any potential damage.
During the winter months, an increased demand for hot water for showers and baths is often met by a residential water heater that is not prepared to handle it due to less insulation from the cold weather. The colder air and subfreezing temperatures can cause icy pipes and strain on residential plumbing systems. If your water heater is too old, it will likely be unable to operate properly in a temperature so low, thus leading to failure. This is why preparing ahead with proper weatherization of your unit is key and regular maintenance should be done throughout each season. Additionally, if the tank has already been damaged and cannot otherwise be repaired, you should call McClain Bros as soon as possible before it fails completely so that way we can replace or repair any faulty parts.
Frozen pipes can be a major plumbing issue during the winter season, leading to significant, costly damage if not dealt with properly. Frozen water in pipes will expand, making them prone to bursting and flooding homes and buildings. Solid ice puts three-to-four thousand pounds of pressure for every square inch on a pipe wall, so even slight pressure can cause a pipe rupture. This means that just turning on a faucet or flushing the toilet can easily lead to extensive water damage throughout the home if frozen pipes aren’t addressed promptly. To avoid this risk entirely, homeowners should take steps such as insulating pipes with foam or heat tape; keeping cabinets under sinks open to circulate warm air near vulnerable sections of plumbing; and draining outdoor hoses before winter sets in fully.
Are You Having A Winter Plumbing Emergency?
Our team of expert plumbers here at McClain Bros Plumbing and Heating offer the most comprehensive winter plumbing repair and weatherproofing solutions in the business. Our highly skilled technicians stand ready to provide superior service at an affordable price, no matter what the size or scope of your project. We have the experience and expertise to foresee any potential problems before they even begin, thereby preventing costly repairs and inconveniences down the line. Utilizing top-of-the-line equipment and our knowledgeable troubleshooting techniques including a commitment to providing exceptional customer service, there is no better choice for winter plumbing repairs and weatherproofing than the McClain Bros!