Live Where There Is Often Below Freezing Temps? Some Plumbing Problems You Should Watch Out For
If you live in an area of the country that has long winters with temperatures often below freezing for much of the winter, you need to be aware of some plumbing problems that you could have. Learning about these problems will allow you to determine if you are having them so you can get the help you need.
No Hot Water
If you turn on the water in your shower, kitchen, etc., and you get nothing but cold water, this could be due to many things. Before you call a plumber, check the temperature on your water heater to ensure it is set properly. If you have a gas water heater in your home, make sure the pilot light is lit. If not, then relight it, and you should have hot water again.
If you still do not have hot water, you need to contact a plumber to come to your home. There is likely a problem with the water heater that they may be able to repair, or they may suggest that you replace the water heater if it is old.
Water Line Break or Leak
If you hear a rumbling sound coming from your plumbing pipes, this is a sign that you have a leak in the water line or that the line could be broken. You also may see water around the exterior foundation of your home and reduced water pressure.
One cause of a water line break or leak is leaving a garden hose connected to the spigot during the winter. The water inside the hose freezes and then builds up pressure in the water lines, which can cause a leak or break if the hose is not removed. Before winter, disconnect and drain all water hoses and put them away. There are insulated faucet jackets you can purchase at home improvement stores that you place over the faucets to protect them from freezing temperatures.
Frozen Plumbing Pipes
Frozen pipes are common during the cold winter months. If you have frozen pipes, you will immediately notice your water flow has decreased or stopped. At this point, the pipes will eventually crack and/or burst. For this reason, contact a plumber immediately.
To help prevent frozen pipes, leave a tap running slightly when the temperatures get below freezing. Moving water can help prevent freezing. You will notice your water bill increase, but this is much less expensive than replacing all your plumbing pipes.
A plumber can go over these problems with you in much more detail to help you understand them better.