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Cold temperatures and plumbing systems don’t always mix. As winter approaches, there are a few things to watch out for. If you catch plumbing issues in their early stages, you may be able to avoid bigger problems later.

Winter Plumbing Problems

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  • Leaks in the water line – Water leaks could happen at any time of the year, but the number one cause of water leaks during winter is water hoses. When you leave hoses filled with water in cold temperatures, water could freeze and cause a leak inside the house. The sump pump in your basement is also vulnerable to freezing, which could result in water overflowing in your basement. Make sure to clean your sump pump system before it gets cold in order to minimize problems.
  • Worn out water heater – Water heaters work double time during the winter as they warm up nearly-freezing water from outside pipes. All of this wear and tear can take a toll on your water heater, but you can improve its stamina by making sure that you clean it out thoroughly at least once a year. Be sure to remove any built-up sediment. The best time to clean your water heater tank is before the temperature dips.
  • Greasy buildup – It is not a good idea to throw oil and grease in the sink at any time of the year—especially in winter. When temperatures are low, oil and grease will harden easily and clog your drainpipes. Grease and oil can also cause foul odors and attract bugs.
  • Freezing pipes – This is the most common plumbing problem during winter. When water inside the pipes freezes, it can expand in volume, burst the pipes, and cause extensive water damage inside your home. Insulating your exposed pipes will help prevent them from erupting. If they do burst, call an experienced Salt Lake plumber to fix the problem.

If you want the help of professionals to ensure that your plumbing system is ready for winter, call your Utah plumbing company to set up an inspection.