4 Most Common Winter Plumbing Problems

A drain pipe on the outside of a home with a frozen stream of water on the bottom

4 Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Plumbing issues are not seasonal, but there are unique situations that cause problems with your plumbing system in the winter. Below-freezing temperatures and water don’t mix very well inside pipes and fixtures, which can create unwanted problems.

Here are some of the most common problems we see during the winter and how you can prevent them to keep your plumbing system running smoothly.

1. Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common problem during the winter, and can put a stop to your daily activities that require running water.

To prevent frozen pipes, keep your faucets running at a slow drip when the temperature drops below 30 degrees. The colder the temperature, the faster the pipeline will freeze. Also, make sure your heat is set above 60 degrees.

2. Clogs

Clogs are common during the winter, not just because of the increase in gatherings for the holidays, but also because you may stay in more to cook rather than going out, which means more food will fall down your drain if you’re not careful. Plus, when it’s cold, your metal pipes will contract, leaving less space for drainage. This could make it easier for a blockage to form.

3. Pipe Bursts

Bursts are a common result of frozen pipes, as the pressure within the pipes builds, it can release via a crack or complete break. This can bring significant damage to your home, so it’s crucial to know where your main water valve is so you can turn it off during a break.

4. Failed Water Heater

Your water heater works harder in the winter, fighting off the cold to keep water warm and ready to use. Because of this extra wear and tear, it’s common that water heaters fail in the winter.

Regular maintenance on your water heater can help prevent these breakdowns, and replacing the heater before winter arrives will ensure a smooth season with plenty of warm water.

Expert Plumbing Solutions in Mount Kisco

Whether the cold weather has wreaked havoc on your plumbing or you need a tough clog cleared, the VP's Plumbing, Heating & Air team is here to help. Contact us today at (914) 506-5752 to make an appointment.