Common Fall Plumbing Problems
When it comes to chilly weather, we are no strangers to it in Western New York. Our extreme weather changes can put a strain on your home’s plumbing.
Fall is coming. With the first day of fall only about a week away, whether you want to or not, it’s time to start preparing for it. While putting your hoses away, tending to your garden, and raking your leaves may be the first things on your list, you should also prepare your plumbing for the colder weather ahead and upcoming season. There are common fall plumbing problems that most people don’t think about, and many of them can be avoided. Let’s review.
Common Fall Plumbing Problems
When it comes to chilly weather, we are no strangers to it in Western New York. Every year we have to make a shift from warm to cold, sometimes in just a matter of days. Our extreme weather changes can put a strain on your home’s plumbing, so you should be aware of some of the common fall plumbing problems we see, and some of the ways you can prevent them. We are going to take a look at a few of the issues we see the most in the fall and winter.
Frozen Pipes: Let’s start with the obvious, and possibly the most dreaded plumbing problem you could face as the colder weather sets in, frozen pipes. A frozen pipe is more than just inconvenient. If the pipe bursts under the pressure, it may flood your home, causing extensive water damage. Water has a unique property; it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts immense pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to burst. You can protect your home’s pipes in the fall, so they are ready to handle the frigid temperatures. Check out some of our tips for how you can prevent frozen pipes in your Western New York home.
Outdoor Faucet Issues: Much like frozen pipes, your outdoor faucets can freeze in the colder weather. This can cause the water to flood back into your home, or make your faucet not work when you go to use it again in the spring. In the fall you should shut off your outdoor faucets at their shutoff valves. If you need to leave yours on for some reason, be sure you have a frost-free sill cock. A sill cock (or hose bib) is an outdoor water faucet located on a home/building that is usually threaded for attaching a hose. A frost-free sill cock has a stem that is 6 to 12 inches long. It prevents cold weather from freezing your pipes because the stem washer and seat valve reside inside your home.
Water Heater Problems: As the weather gets chillier, not only do people tend to increase their usage of hot water, the water that is entering your water heater is sometimes near 25 degrees colder. This can put a massive strain on your unit, as it needs to work much harder to keep up and heat the water. Check your water heater before winter to ensure it can tackle the added work. Look for any signs that indicate that you may need a new hot water heater before it is too late and you are stuck taking a cold shower.
Drain Blockage: While the changing leaves are great to look at, they can cause issues for your plumbing. Yes, even though they are outdoors. Leaves that build up around the outside of your home and in your gutters can cause a clog in your home’s drainage system, causing your drains not to work as they should. To prevent this issue, regularly remove leaves and other debris from your yard. Don’t wait until you have a clogged sink to think about this common fall plumbing problem, because by then, the blockage may be much larger than you can handle on your own.
Whether we want it to be or not, autumn is knocking on our doors and we need to be ready for it. To ensure your plumbing functions as it should all fall and winter, you should try to prevent the common fall plumbing problems we reviewed above.
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