When temperatures drop far enough during Calgary winters, the intense cold can cause plumbing disasters for homeowners. Older homes and buildings are particularly at risk of developing issues with their plumbing systems stemming from cold temperatures.
Here are a few common plumbing issues that can arise and cause major trouble during the colder months of the year:
Frozen pipes are a relatively common winter plumbing issue. This happens most often when pipes are not insulated properly, allowing intense cold to seep into them and cause the water to freeze, expand and burst the pipe. Proper insulation such as foam sealer or heat tape can help prevent this from happening. Temporarily sealing outdoor faucets and storing garden hoses during the winter can also help prevent frozen pipes.
Frozen Sump Pump
Sump pump lines are particularly at risk of freezing during intensely cold winters. Ensuring that your sump pump line is draining properly can help avoid this problem. It should be set up to drain using gravity, and be clear of obstructions. Regular maintenance will help ensure it is functioning in proper order.
Water Heater Failure
We tend to take longer and hotter showers during the cold and dry winter months, making our hot water heater work harder. This can take its toll on the various parts of the heater and reveal issues that weren’t apparent during the summer. Worst of all, these issues can cause a total failure of its functioning. Regular maintenance by a professional plumber can help prevent this.
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