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Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Common Winter Plumbing Problems

  • Plumbing
Common plumbing problems in Zurich, IL

Winter weather is here in full force! Freezing temperatures and weather extremes can wreak havoc on your plumbing, even when you’re careful and take precautions to protect them. Here are a few common plumbing problems that you may encounter in your Lake Zurich home before winter ends:

Frozen and Burst Pipes

When the temperature drops in Zurich, IL, the chance of your pipes freezing goes up. Anytime the temperature drops below freezing for an extended period of time, you are at risk of pipes freezing, too.

The pipes in the most danger are those in basements and attics. These spaces are typically less insulated than other rooms in your home and can freeze more easily. These spaces are also the least visible in your home, so you may not notice the frozen pipe immediately.

A frozen pipe left alone can easily turn into a burst pipe. A burst pipe causes flooding damage and loss of water to parts of your home. In order to prevent these problems, it is critical to have a functioning heating system. This is your first defense to frozen pipes. Insulating those exposed areas, such as attics and basements, will reduce the chance of frozen pipes along with a warm home.

If your pipes do freeze- don’t panic. Your local technicians at Lake Cook Plumbing are here to help. We can assist with repairing your burst pipes.

Water Line Leaks

If you’ve had small water leaks in the past, leaving them to get worse during the winter can spell disaster. The freezing temperatures put a strain on pipes and can turn a small leak into a burst water line. Before the cold weather sets in, you should inspect any faucets and pipes in your home for leaks. Calling a local plumber from Lake Cook will ensure that your home will stay dry and damage-free this winter.

Water Heater Issues

Imagine waking up on a cold morning in Lake Zurich ready to take a relaxing, hot shower- only to find upon entering it that your water heater isn’t working.

A water heater malfunction during the coldest months of the year is the last thing you and your family need. However, if you have an older model or have not maintained the current unit, a breakdown may be just around the corner.

It is crucial to have your water heater regularly serviced in order to prevent early heater breakdown. If your model is more than 10-12 years old, it’s probably time to get a full replacement. Call a professional technician at Lake Cook today to schedule your water heater replacement!

Clogged Drains

The winter months bring an increase of family visitors and parties in Lake Zurich for the holidays. These celebrations usually involve cooking more in your home and an increased demand put onto your drains and pipes. When food particles and grease enter your pipes, they can stick to the side of your pipes and block drainage. In the winter the colder temperatures may stiffen grease and food particles making them more likely to block water flow to drains.

This kitchen problem is in addition to the many visitors who will be taking showers in your home, increasing hair and soap scum flowing down your drains. The last thing you want is clogged drains with a house full of family and friends. If you notice any of your pipes becoming slow to drain, call Lake Cook to help you out before a full-blown clog form. Once a clog forms, it becomes a much larger job to fix than a partial blockage. Let us help you sail through winter with no issues!

By Dan Burrows

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