Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Common winter plumbing problems plague homeowners throughout Langley every year. At Murrayville Plumbing, we want to help you stay vigilant about protecting your home’s plumbing against damage. That is why we offer a wide range of plumbing services for everything from basic repairs and maintenance to renovations and new construction.

1. Frozen Pipes

One of the most common winter plumbing problems is frozen pipes, due to the combination of high water pressure from the mainline and below freezing temperatures. If you notice a significant change in water flow during the winter, you might have a frozen pipe. To deal with a frozen pipe, leave the tap slightly running to help reduce pressure and lessen the likelihood that the pipe with freeze further. In the event that a pipe does burst due to freezing, make sure to shut off the main valve and call a professional plumber right away.

2. Water Line Break

Standing water in pipes can often freeze during the wintertime, leading to blockages that can cause serious pressure buildup. If left untreated, this pressure buildup can lead to serious leaks or even completely broken pipes. Consider using shut off valves inside the home to help keep water running smoothly until the blockage melts away. If the blockage is severe and does not seem to be going away on its own, contact a professional plumber as soon as possible.

3. Broken Water Heater

Since water heaters work overtime in the winter months to fight off colder temperatures, there is a greater risk that the hot water heater will break during the winter. If you find that you are suddenly out of hot water, figure out what kind of water heater you own (electric and gas units tend to have different solutions) and contact a professional plumber to properly inspect and fix the water heater.

4. Basement Flooding

After a snowfall, it is important to check the home’s drainage areas to ensure that they are not blocked by any ice or snow. If the drainage area is blocked, water could eventually backup, causing the basement to flood, or the discharge line could potentially freeze and crack.

If you would like to learn more common winter plumbing problems, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact Murrayville Plumbing at 778-888-6451 or by filling out a form on our website. Murrayville Plumbing in Langley is proud to provide plumbing, heating, gas, and commercial services to customers throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, seven days a week.

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