How To Prevent Common Fall And Winter Plumbing Problems

19 October 2020
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Fall is just around the corner, which means colder temperatures. When fall arrives, you need to make sure that you are paying close attention to home maintenance tasks since there are a number of plumbing-related issues that can take place during this time of year. Keep reading to learn what a few of these are and what steps you can take to prevent them.

Uninvited House Guests

When it comes to unwanted house guests, the last thing that you want is annoying pests in gaining access to your home through the plumbing system. Small furry pests tend to look for warm shelter when the weather grows cold, so they will try to get into your home any way they can including through vent pipes, drains, and toilets. To ensure this does not happen, you will want to seal off all access points.

Flooding

Because of all the rain, snow, and ice, flooding can occur during the fall and winter. Therefore, you need to make sure that your sump pump is functioning properly. Sump pumps are generally located in the basement, below the ground, where flooding is more likely to occur. To check the state of your sump pump, fill up a bucket with water and dump it into the crock. If the sump pump activates, then everything should be fine. If not, there may be a problem somewhere. Make sure to also check the drain outlet, gutters, and downspouts for clogs.

Vent Stack Clogs

The vent stack is responsible for preventing sewer gas from seeping into the house. When the leaves begin to fall during the fall and when the snow starts falling in the winter, it is possible for the vent stacks to get clogged. If this happens, a sulfur smell may be noticeable in the home. To prevent this from occurring, a protection screen can be installed on the vent stacks so that debris is unable to enter the stack and clog it up.

Frozen Pipes

If your pipes freeze during the winter, it can be upsetting. As the outside temperatures decrease, the water inside of the plumbing pipes can freeze. When the water freezes, it will expand, creating chaos. Luckily, this can all be prevented if you insulate the pipes and seal the home from cold drafts. Check around the attic, foundation, and crawlspaces where cold air may be seeping in. In addition, you should disconnect any outdoor hoses and make sure they are thoroughly drained before winter arrives, as this can keep ice from coming back through the spigot.

For more information, contact a plumbing contractor.