The last thing homeowners need on top of preparing a feast for friends and family is the major inconvenience of a plumbing emergency. Thankfully, learning about the different types of plumbing emergencies homeowners may face in the colder months can better prepare them.

This article will break down a few of the most common types of plumbing emergencies and how homeowners can best prevent them.

How To Prevent Burst Pipes

On the chilly nights that come with the holidays, freezes are a lot more likely to happen. While it may bring a nice white Christmas, a freeze can also, unfortunately, come with a pipe burst. While burst pipes can happen for a few reasons, such as corrosion or movement, this time of year will most likely cause pipes to freeze. Water becomes ice, expanding and therefore potentially increasing pressure and causing a burst. This can be repaired through repiping, but it’s best to avoid the process altogether.

Some common prevention tips to avoid burst pipes include:

  • Running Drip of Water: Turning their faucets on to only allow a slow and steady stream during freezing temperatures so that they can better prevent a pressure buildup while also allowing water to continue to move through the pipes.
  • Pipe Insulation: They can also make sure to keep their pipes insulated, making it harder for the water to freeze in colder temperatures.

Signs of a Broken Water Heater

Unfortunately, pipes are not the only plumbing system that can fall victim to cold weather. Ironically, the time of year in which homeowners get the most use out of their water heaters is also when they are most likely to experience issues with their water heater.

The water coming into the house is colder during winter, so water heaters have to work a lot harder. This can bring up a few underlying issues, like inconsistent hot water, leaks, defective valves, and more.

If homeowners notice anything different in their water heater’s performance, especially around the holidays, it’s best to have a professional take a look. This includes things like unusual noises, a lack of hot water, bad smells, etc. After all, it’s not the time of year homeowners want to be out of hot water.

Preventing Clogged Sinks or Toilets

Last but most definitely not least, clogged sinks and toilets are also a part of the hassles that come with colder weather. When pipes freeze up, this can cause all sorts of room to get clogged, especially if grease and grime have been collected in the sink’s pipes. Thankfully, there are a few ways to aid in preventing this.

For example, insulating the area around those pipes will help them in the winter months, as well as making sure no grease or oil goes down the kitchen sink. If homeowners find themselves in a situation with a clogged sink or toilet pipes, it’s best to call a professional.

About Zest Plumbing & Drain

Zest Plumbing & Drain is a plumbing company dedicated to high-quality service at an affordable price. Based in Phoenix, AZ, their technicians have over 15 years of proven experience, ensuring that their customers are in the best of hands. Contact them today for any plumbing service.

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