Plumbing problems are bound to happen any time of the year. But with the freezing temperature and snowfall brought about by the Colorado winter, there’s a higher chance of enduring plumbing problems in your Erie Home.
Here’s a list of some of the most common plumbing problems Erie homeowners face in winter, along with some suggestions on how to prevent them.
Water heater breakdown
During the winter months, when the temperature drops below zero, your Erie water heater has to work extra hard to meet the demands of your family. Considering that you use hot water for different activities throughout the day, don’t be surprised if you experience some problems with your water heater in winter time.
To avoid this inconvenience, we recommend that you have your water heater serviced before the cold weather kicks in. Flushing your water heater annually is an important task. It helps get rid of sediments and mineral deposits that accumulated at the bottom of your tank. Plus, it helps your water heater to function more efficiently.
Pipes are at risk of freezing when the weather gets extremely cold. Without immediate thawing, the pipes may burst eventually.
Keep your pipes protected and heated by installing insulation tubes. It is also a good idea to let water run through your tap constantly to prevent your pipes from freezing. Yes, this may increase your water bill, but it can save you from the hassle and expense of a frozen or burst pipe.
Water line break
Water inside the pipes will expand when subjected to extreme temperature. This can cause blockage in the pipes and may lead to a leak or break over time.
Prepare your outdoor plumbing for winter by draining all outdoor pipes, making sure it is clear of water. Also, detach the garden hose and store it inside the house. For added safety, we suggest that you shut off the valves as well. If done properly, this can prevent potential problems and costly repairs.
If you’re not comfortable handling these tasks on your own, please do not hesitate to call Paradigm Plumbing. Our friendly and reliable plumbers will be more than willing to help.