3 Frequently Asked Questions About Winter Plumbing & Their Solutions
When it comes to your plumbing system and your home’s hot water heater, the winter months can be a particularly rough time, especially during colder winters like the one we seem to be having this year. Because the potential exists for your plumbing to suffer such serious damage when the temperatures start to dip too low, it is important to make sure that you are arming yourself with the knowledge you need to keep your home protected and your family safe and comfortable this winter season. There are few things that can be as frustrating as having to deal with a burst pipe that is leaking ice cold water into your home, or going to go turn on your hot water just to find yourself taking an ice bath. To ensure you have the information you need this winter to keep your plumbing and your home overall a warm and cozy place for you and your family, our team of professionals has taken the time to put together this short list going over some of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding winter plumbing and water heater during the winter, and some handy solutions in case trouble arises.
Why Am I Having Water Pressure Issues?
There are a number of different things that can cause issues with your water pressure, but during colder winters like this one, you can’t rule out the possibility of a frozen pipe. While they aren’t something we see with alarming frequency here in the Jacksonville area, we do tend to get at least a few hard freeze warnings every winter, and because they are uncommon, many homeowners aren’t sure of the steps to take when it happens. If you suspect you have a frozen pipe, you are going to want to shut off your water main as soon as possible and open the faucet near where the issue is occurring. While you can apply a hair drying to the pipe in order to help thaw it, serious frozen pipe issues are something you are likely going to want professional help with.
Why Is My Water Heating So Slowly?
Another common complain we tend to hear from homeowners during the winter months is regarding the speed that their water heats up after turning on the hot water. Uninsulated pipes can make it very difficult for your hot water heater to do its job in the kind of time that you are used to. Having a professional come out and insulate these pipes will generally take care of the problem, and will go a long way in helping to make your home more comfortable overall and help you save money on your winter utility bills as well since your hot water heater won’t have to work as hard in order to do its job.
Why Do I Need To Remove My Outdoor Garden Hose?
While leaving your garden hose attached to your outdoor faucets might not seem like a big deal, it can present you with a number of serious complications if you leave it in place anytime a nasty cold spell comes through the area. While leaving your hose attached during the milder parts of winter shouldn’t be a cause for concern, if you expect the temperature to drop near or below freezing, it is important to remove it, drain it, and store it away somewhere safe. If your hose remains connected to your house during a hard freeze, and leftover water can turn to ice and create pressure in the water lines throughout your home. When this happens, it can cause those lines to break or start leaking, presenting you with an expensive problem that is likely going to require professional care to resolve. To be safe, disconnect your outdoor hoses and drain them anytime they aren’t in use during the winter months.