The cold weather can bring all sorts of problems to everyday life. But one problem you shouldn’t have to worry about is your plumbing. There are both minor and major issues that can occur when the cold affects your plumbing, but luckily some of them can be avoided by taking some pre-emptive steps. For the more serious ones, your local Ringwood plumber will be able to assist you. In today’s blog, we’ll be looking at some of the more common problems that can happen when the cold weather affects your plumbing.

Frozen pipes

This is the most common problem that can occur when the cold negatively influences your plumbing. This can be a huge problem if it does happen because it can lead to cracks in the pipes as well as bursts. To prevent this from happening in the first place there are a few things you can do:

  • Leave a steady drip – By leaving a steady drip from a tap (especially when you know the weather will be especially cold during a certain time) of water going on constantly you’re ensuring that the water is constantly moving. This makes it less likely to freeze as opposed to if it was just sitting there in the pipe.
  • Make sure your house is never below 13 degrees
  • Insulate your pipes

If your pipes do freeze then you should turn off your water supply immediately. This will stop the pressure build-up. Frozen water in a pipe will expand and exert a pressure of more than 2,000 pounds per square inch. This is enough to rupture the pipe which will lead to structural damage to your home. This is definitely not something you want happening so be sure to contact your Ringwood plumber as soon as your pipe freezes and you’ve shut off the water supply.

Blocked drains

This is something you should watch all year round, but the colder weather definitely does not make this any better. Be conscious about what goes down your drain because the cold will speed up the effects of clogging. For a full list of what not to wash down your sink refer to our last blog.

Water heater

Nobody likes taking cold showers – especially not in the winter – and your water heater is the machine that works overtime to prevent that. The problem is when it comes to the colder temperatures, sometimes your water heater can work a little too hard. Problems with your water heater can include:

  • Temperature irregularities
  • Water flow issues
  • Loss of hot water for your sink and shower

Usually, water heaters are made to withstand this sort of thing, but when the temperatures outside start to go below zero, that’s when issues can occur. Trying to make the area around the water heater as warm as possible is the best preventive method you can take – as well as making sure it doesn’t need to be serviced by a plumber in Ringwood. Water heaters typically last around 8 – 12 years.

Heating system

Similarly to your water heater, you should check up on your heating system and test that it’s running smoothly. Going from warmer weather where the heater would have been inactive for quite a while it may suffer some strain being used so much when the colder temperatures strike. Just something to keep an eye on.

Disconnect your outside hose

On average, you probably won’t need to be using your outside hose during the winter. To prevent it from freezing over and cracking, disconnect the hose from your outdoor faucet. Other than ruining your hose, it can lead back into the faucet and freeze your pipes and tap as well.

Do you need a Plumber in Ringwood?

There are plenty of things you can do to help mitigate the effects of the cold weather on your plumbing, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. If there is a problem, then you’ll want a fast a reliable Ringwood plumber to get out to you immediately. This is why JPG Plumbing is right for you. Our experienced and highly qualified contractors will be able to assist and advise you on any plumbing issue you may have – whether it’s in relation to the colder weather or other services.

If you would like to know more about taking care of your plumbing in the winter time or any of our other extensive services then please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0400 978 442 or send us a message through our website here.