One of the best parts about living on the East coast? Seasons. From the summer sun to the brisk winter, we have it all. However, your plumbing does not adapt as well to the change in climate as we do. When the temperature starts to drop, your plumbing can’t simply slip into a sweater to stay warm; and, as a result, it affects the way your plumbing operates.
Cold weather can actually cause a number of plumbing problems, but understanding how to combat these issues will keep your home plumbing functioning throughout the cold spell.
How Winter Causes Plumbing Problems
Water runs through all of your plumbing and, when temperatures drop, it can freeze. This causes major plumbing complications as water inherently expands when frozen, building immense pressure within your plumbing. This build-up in pressure can cause your pipes to burst or spring a leak.
Pipes that burst are oftentimes irreparable and must be replaced. Never attempt a DIY pipe replacement, as you must find the perfect fit for your system. Professionals at Mangano Plumbing Sewer & Drain know how to match new piping to your current system for a seamless connection.
If your pipes are not insulated and are located outside, in exterior walls, or in unheated attics, you may be in jeopardy of rupturing a pipe. But, don’t fret! Mangano Plumbing Sewer & Drain is here to help. Here is what you need to do.
Preparing Your Plumbing For Winter
Fix Any Leaks
If you notice a shift in water pressure in your home or business, you make have a plumbing leak. Although it may seem like an insignificant amount of water, a small leak can wreak havoc on your plumbing, especially during the winter months. Leaks become cracks, which then lead to bursts. Do not let a dripping faucet be your downfall, contact Mangano Plumbing Sewer & Drain for leak repair.
Clean Storm Drain
Water damage is a daunting thing. Prevent foundational damage at your home or business with professional storm drain cleaning. Your storm drain system routes rainwater away from your property, so your basements stay flood-free, and your landscape remains intact. When your system is clogged or malfunctioning, your home or business will be in jeopardy of flooding. Keep your residential or commercial property protected against storms with professional storm drain cleaning.
Check Your Septic System
First thing first: never DIY septic tank cleanings or repairs. You will likely cause a more expensive issue and make an even bigger mess. Always hire professionals to take care of your septic tank services, we get the job done mess-free.
During cooler months, your septic tank is at risk of freezing up. This can cause slow drainage, foul odors, pooling water around the septic system drain field, and sewer backups, all of which threaten the wellbeing of those living or working at that property. Schedule your septic tank service with Mangano Plumbing Sewer & Drain.
Turn Up Your Water Heater
When the temperature outside drops, so does the temperature underground. And, this is where your water supply lives. This means that the resting water temperature in your water heating system is naturally colder during this time, and will likely need a higher heating setting to reach an accommodating temperature. However, at a time of increased use, your water heater may overheat, causing a breakdown. It is best to ensure your system is running efficiently and effectively with regular water heater maintenance.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
When was the last time you had the plumbing at your home or business serviced? If you can’t remember, then schedule professional maintenance now! All of your plumbing equipment requires a yearly tune-up to ensure small malfunctions are not missed. When a system has an unresolved repair, it causes additional wear and tear on that unit, resulting in the need for replacement. You don’t want to end up without functioning plumbing in the winter. It’s best to practice habitual maintenance on your residential or commercial systems.
For all of your plumbing needs call Mangano Plumbing Sewer & Drain, at (631) 305-4405. We are here to keep your home or business plumbing running smoothly this winter.