Winter weather can cause many residential plumbing problems. Learning how to manage your plumbing better during colder months will save you a lot of frustration and frantic calls for emergency plumbing service. Here are 3 things you should know about using your plumbing during the winter months.
- Frozen pipes: When pipes freeze, they burst and cause a huge mess. Prevent this from happening by unhooking outdoor hoses and turning the water off. Consider insulating pipes to keep them warmer in the winter.
- Water heating problems: It might take longer for the water to heat up in the winter due to heat loss. For better water heating, install an insulating blanket on the water heater to prevent heat loss.
- Blocked vents: Did ice build up in your plumbing vents this winter? This can cause drainage issues and hazardous gases to back up into the home. Talk to your plumber about how to stop ice, snow, and other debris from building up in your vent stacks.
At Stahl Plumbing, we know all about cold weather and snowy conditions. As Pittsburgh plumbers, we’re used to dealing with these conditions and want to help you get great performance from your home’s plumbing all year long. The best way to prepare your home for winter is to call us in the fall and schedule a plumbing inspection. We’ll send a licensed plumber to your home to help you winterize your plumbing and make sure your water heater and other plumbing essentials are ready for colder months. Let this past winter be a lesson about how to prepare for future cold weather. Call us today at (412) 273-1000 for plumbing repair, replacement, and maintenance services.