Common Plumbing Problems You May Encounter Before Winter Ends
Winter is in full swing here in Lake, Cook, and McHenry County and there are plenty of issues that can arise with your home’s plumbing if you’re not careful. From frozen pipes to water heater issues, no one wants to have a plumbing problem when the temperature is freezing. Make sure you avoid winter plumbing problems with scheduled service from Lake Cook Plumbing!
Frozen and Burst Pipes
When the temperature drops in Lake County and the surrounding area, 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 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 Plumbing will ensure that your home will stay dry and damage-free this winter.
Water Heater Issues
Imagine waking up on a cold morning, 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 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 Plumbing today to schedule your water heater replacement!
The winter months bring increased demand 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 shower and bath with increased hair and soap scum flowing down your drains. The last thing you want is clogged drains with a full house. If you notice any of your pipes becoming slow to drain, call Lake Cook Plumbing to help you out before a full blown clog forms. 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!