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Cold Weather Plumbing Issues: Pipes, Water Heater, Drains

There are a few home systems that will be impacted in a few minor ways during the cold Utah winter, and your plumbing system is a great example. With the right basic care and attention, however, it’s easy enough to avoid these kinds of problems and keep your plumbing components in great shape even through the coldest parts of the year. 

At Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re here to help. We offer a huge range of plumbing services to Utah clients, assisting them with everything from basic fixes to major needs like water heater services and more. What are some of the most common plumbing issues some homes experience during the colder parts of the year, and how can you avoid these – either on your own or with the help of our plumbers? This two-part blog series will cover several areas.

Freezing Pipes

As many homeowners are already aware due to dealing with it in the past, one of the most common problems to deal with during the winter is frozen pipes. When temperatures dip, it’s possible for water in exposed exterior pipes to freeze, leading to blockages and other issues. Frozen pipes are more common in exterior areas, but they can also be a problem in areas like basements and attics that may not be as well-insulated as other sections of the home.

The best way to avoid this issue is through insulation – wrapping exposed piping with insulation or heating material, especially in more vulnerable areas of your home. In addition, make sure to keep interior thermostats set at an appropriate temperature – between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit is a good benchmark – to avoid the risks of frost.

Water Heater Problems

Another major issue to watch for is problems with your water heater. While water heaters are designed to be efficient and able to withstand the changing temperatures of the winter, they can still be damaged by some of the most extreme cold conditions. When this happens, you may notice a lack of hot water coming from your shower or taps – and in severe cases, if the water heater is damaged, you may find yourself without hot water at all. 

The best way to avoid this issue is by making sure your water heater is serviced regularly and that any issues are taken care of before they become a problem. If you’re ever suspicious of any potential water heater damage, don’t hesitate to contact a plumber for assistance.

Clogged Kitchen Drains

Whether due to the holidays or simply a busy lifestyle, many homeowners find their kitchen drains clogged up during the winter months. This is usually due to large amounts of food and grease being poured down the drain – which can cause blockages or other plumbing issues. 

The best way to avoid this issue is by making sure to dispose of any food properly in the garbage instead of pouring it down the drain, and also avoiding the use of chemical drain cleaners as much as possible.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over a few more common plumbing issues that can arise during the winter in Utah – and how to avoid them. In the meantime, if you’re ever in need of plumbing assistance in the state of Utah, don’t hesitate to contact Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air for all your needs. We’re here to help!