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Three Winter Plumbing Problems and How to Avoid Them

Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by in Home Improvement

During the winter season, the last thing anyone wants to think about or deal with is plumbing problems.  If you are like most individuals, your winter months are typically full of holiday activities such as shopping, cooking and attending parties, concerts and family gatherings.  Unfortunately, there are a myriad of plumbing issues in the winter so it is important to identify them and determine how you can best avoid them.  Below are three common plumbing problems in the winter and how you can prevent them from happening.

1. Freezing Pipes

In especially cold temperatures, your pipes can be vulnerable to freezing.  One of the easiest ways you can prevent this problem is to insulate your pipes with padded sleeves or specialized insulation tape.  You should also be sure to run water from every faucet in your home (basement especially) at consistent intervals throughout the winter.  You should also visually inspect your pipes to ensure no frost or ice is developing on them and that there are no visible cracks.  Plumbing issues in the winter are not fun and sometimes a quick visual inspection may help you avoid a major problem.

2. Drafty Areas

In addition to a drafty room being uncomfortable, this issue can create plumbing problems for your pipes.  For example, if you typically shut off heating vents to the basement or other areas of your home that are not used on a regular basis, your pipes may suffer as well.  Be sure to follow the advice given in section one about properly insulating your pipes but also take care to eliminate cold drafts as much as possible by properly securing your windows as well.

3. Using too Much Hot Water Simultaneously

Instead of using your hot water for showers, laundry and the dishwasher at the same time each day, try to spread out the use of your hot water more evenly.  This will help prevent unnecessary strain on your water heater.  You may also consider turning up the thermostat on your water heater to a temperature no greater than 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

By acknowledging these potential plumbing issues in the winter, you will be better prepared to enjoy the holidays and relax in the comfort of your home.

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