Common Winter Plumbing Problems and How to Avoid Them

Cartoon of a woman with snow and frozen faucet

One of the things we often take for granted is a smooth-running home system: the ability to control the temperature with the press of a button, the ability to control water flow with a turn of a faucet. But with the onset of winter in Westchester and Putnam, freezing temperatures can cause costly damage to your plumbing system.

Problems with the plumbing system cannot only affect your daily household functioning, but they can also impact your health and safety — two things that the professionals at Robison want to protect! Here we give you four common winter plumbing problems to be aware of so that they can be addressed before the problems get bigger and costlier:

  • Frozen Pipes: Probably the most common issue that every household faces during winters. Cold temperatures and water pressure can lead to the freezing of pipes and can affect your ability to take care of chores. If a frozen pipe is not fixed, it can burst due to high water pressure, leading to major damage. The best way to deal with frozen pipes is to keep the water running. Movement between pipes saves the pipes from freezing. Leave taps slightly open, just enough for the water to drip.
  • Clogged Drains:  In winter, many people tend to stay indoors rather than go out, which increases the load on the drainage. Food waste, debris, and other greasy items make their way into the drains and start turning into clogs. The simplest way to avoid such issues is to keep large food waste away from the sink and use a drain cover to protect them.
  • Frozen Septic Tank: The main water line that runs through the house is connected to the septic tank, which may freeze in the winter. The best way to deal with this problem is to take a preemptive measure — and contact a Robison professional before signs of trouble to check up on your septic line.
  • Water Heater Breakdown: Since the demand for hot water grows significantly during the winter season, water heaters often break down. To avoid this situation, make sure that you regularly flush out your water heater to avoid sediment buildups that might later turn into expensive repairs. Keep a regular check on your water heater and do things to help reduce the strain on it — such as lowering the thermostat in the evenings or when not at home, doing laundry with cold water, and shower with warm water instead of hot. 

Robison Is Right on Call…for You!

Robison is your one-call solution to ensure your plumbing system is running efficiently all winter long. From water heater repair or plumbing leak repair to emergency plumbing and drain cleaning services, count on us to take care of any problems that may arise. Call (914) 730-5287 to speak with one of our plumbing experts today!

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