Winter’s arrival brings picturesque snowscapes and cozy moments, but for homeowners, it also ushers in potential plumbing challenges. Frozen pipes and well water concerns can quickly turn a winter wonderland into a homeowner’s nightmare. In this month’s blog, we’ll explore some common winter plumbing problems and ways to shield your pipes from the cold.
Connecticut winters can be beautiful, but the plummeting temperatures and harsh conditions can give rise to a number of common plumbing problems including:
- Frozen Pipes
- Burst Pipes
- Water Heater Woes
- Well Pump Freezing
- Reduced Water Pressure
- Outdoor Faucet Freezing
- Sump Pump Malfunctions
- Well Water Contamination
Here are eight ways to protect your pipes and well water throughout the winter season. By taking these precautionary measures, you can minimize the risk of winter-related plumbing problems and ensure a smoothly functioning plumbing system throughout the colder months.
1. Identify the Problem – Identify the typical issues that plague plumbing systems in cold weather. From frozen pipes to water heater issues, understanding the potential pitfalls is the first step to prevention.
2. Winterizing 101: Protecting Your Pipes from the Chill – Take practical steps to safeguard your pipes from the winter cold: insulate exposed pipes, seal drafts, disconnect outdoor hoses, install freeze-proof faucets, use heating tape, insulate your water heater, check for leaks and protect your well pumps.
3. Well Water Wisdom: Special Considerations for Winter – Recognize the unique challenges that well water systems face in winter. Well pump freezing, frozen pipes in the well casing, well casing cracks, pressure tank issues, contamination risks, snow and ice buildup, and reduced water temperature can all wreak havoc on your well water system. Understanding the importance of proper insulation and exploring heating options can keep well water flowing freely.
4. Outdoor Preparations: Shielding Exterior Pipes – Protect exterior pipes from the winter elements by installing outdoor pipe insulation and weatherproofing. Once the summer months are over, most homeowners don’t think about protecting pipes leading to their swimming pool equipment or irrigation systems, but taking the steps to insulate properly can prevent freezing as well.
5. Indoor Tactics: Keeping Pipes Warm and Functional – Maintain a cozy environment for your pipes indoors. From thermostat management to keeping your cabinet doors ajar, keeping the warmth circulating can help prevent freezing. If you plan to be away, keep the heat on at a low setting and even consider draining the plumbing system.
6. Slow and Steady: The Power of a Drip in Preventing Freezing – Keeping a slow drip in faucets during freezing temperatures can also help. This simple technique ensures water keeps flowing, reducing the risk of pipes freezing. Also, have your water heater inspected and serviced to ensure optimal performance during the winter.
7. Emergency Kit Essentials: Be Prepared! – Assemble a winter plumbing emergency kit. Equip yourself with tools like plumber’s tape, a space heater in case of unexpected issues, and save Griswold Plumbing Services’ phone number for emergencies. (860) 864-5001
8. Knowing When to Call in the Experts – Recognize signs that indicate a more serious problem: no water flow, foul odors in your water, water discoloration, low water pressure, water stains or wet spots, visible damage, and continued problems despite DIY attempts. Understand when it’s crucial to bring in professional plumbers to assess and address potential issues before they escalate. Griswold Plumbing is here to help! Our professional team of plumbing and well water experts are available 24/7 for your needs. Call us at (860) 864-5001 or schedule your appointment online.