Here Are The 3 Most Common Plumbing Problems In Winter

Turning on the shower in the morning to find no water coming out of the tap can be one of the most frustrating feelings. The fact is, plumbing problems occur from time to time.

Fortunately, you can resolve all types of plumbing issues by calling a professional plumber in your area. Call Southern Air for plumbing services in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The average home faces different types of plumbing problems during the winter. Some of the problems are minor and can be resolved easily, while others require plumbing repairs.

Here are three of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners typically face during the winters.

1. Getting cold water from a hot water

Many reasons can contribute to the cold water that comes from the hot water tap. The water boiler may have developed a major fault due to which it cannot warm the water. Also, the sediment may start to buildup at the bottom of the water heater resulting in reduced effectiveness of the heating element.

In some cases, the heating element itself may have developed a fault due to which the water could not be heated properly. In addition, sometimes the pilot light fails to reignite due to which the water boiler could not warm the water.

To avoid water heater problems, you should have it serviced regularly by an experienced plumber. Also, consider draining the water tank once in a while (ideally twice a year) to remove sediment buildup inside the tank.

2. Freezing pipes

Another common plumbing problem during the winter is frozen pipes. While that’s not typically as much of a problem here in Alexandria, it’s not impossible.

The pipes normally freeze when water temperature dips below the freezing temperature. This usually happens when you have exposed plumbing outside or the pipe runs along the exterior wall of an unconditioned room such as the crawlspace or garage.

You can take certain steps to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter. Do not set the thermostat below 55oF if you are not present at the home. Also, on extremely cold nights or in the event of a furnace failure, you should consider opening the faucet and allow the water to drip from the faucet. Moving water is less likely to freeze inside the pipes.

In addition, you should consider opening the sink cabinet doors that will allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. You should consider placing space heaters near the pipes that are located in areas inside the house where temperature remains low. Also, the exposed pipes outside the house should be insulated to prevent freezing during the winter.

3. Pipe bursts

Pipes may burst due to two reasons: rust and ice. Old metallic pipes tend to rust and develop cracks. Eventually they burst and result in water leakage. The chances of a pipe burst are particularly high during the winters.

During extreme cold spell, ice can form inside the pipe. The pipe cracks and bursts when too much pressure builds inside.

Contact Southern Air for solutions to your plumbing problems

If you want to get in touch with expert plumbers in Alexandria LA, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling.

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