cold weather plumbing issues

Draper Cold Weather Plumbing Issues: Pump, Lines, Gutters

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common plumbing issues that are unique to the cold Utah winter (or more common during it). While certain plumbing issues take place throughout the year with relative frequency, there are others that are far more common during the coldest parts of the year, and even some that only happen during these periods. 

At Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re happy to assist Draper and nearby Utah clients with all their plumbing needs and HVAC solutions, from installations to repairs, maintenance services and more – and we’ve seen every possible winter-related plumbing issue out there. Today’s part two of our series will cover some additional winter plumbing issues that may crop up, and go over how you can deal with them (either on your own or with help from our plumbers as-needed).

Backups in the Sump Pump

If your home has a sump pump, which refers to a water pump located in a pit or basin that removes water, it’s especially important to check this during the winter. When temperatures drop and snow melts, the extra moisture can overwhelm your home’s sump pump – leading to backups of dirty, stinky water into your basement or worse.

If you notice any backups at all here, contact us right away to have it inspected and cleared out. A backup in the sump pump can cause major damage to your home, leading to costly repairs down the road.

Frozen Septic Tank or Lines

We discussed frozen pipes in part one of our series, and a related issue that can be even more serious is a frozen septic tank or line. A frozen septic tank can be caused by similar things – cold winter temperatures, poor insulation, inadequate maintenance and more.

If you notice any backups in the toilets or sinks of your home, this could be indicative of a larger issue with your septic system – again, contact us right away to have it inspected and serviced as needed.

Clogged Gutters & Downspouts

If you have a gutter and downspout system, regular cleaning should be done throughout the year – but it’s especially important during the winter months. When the cold weather comes around, gutters can become clogged with ice, snow or debris – leading to backups and overflowing.

Be sure to have your gutters properly inspected and cleaned before winter arrives, and keep up with regular maintenance as needed throughout the season.

If you’re experiencing any of these common winter plumbing issues in Draper or nearby Utah areas, Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to help. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers. We look forward to hearing from you!