If you haven't serviced your plumbing pipes in a long time, do so before fall and winter arrive. Depending on your region, it could be cold enough in the fall and winter to affect your plumbing system. Cold temperatures can freeze and damage vulnerable plumbing pipes. Below are reasons to service your plumbing pipes before cooler weather sets in.
Your Plumbing Pipes Are Old
Even the sturdiest plumbing system can experience problems during the cold season if it contains old pipes. Depending on what type of pipes you have running through your house, pipes can rust, corrode, or even come loose at the seams as they age. Unless you recently inspected or maintained your plumbing pipes, you won't know something's wrong with them until the pipes freeze or break in the cold season.
The most effective step you can take regarding your plumbing pipes is to have a plumber service them soon. A plumber can determine the condition or state of your pipes. If your pipes have corroded, popped loose, or even cracked, a plumbing contractor can replace the pieces for you.
Your Plumbing Pipes Clog Up Easily
You have probably already experienced some type of plumbing clog in your home. You can generally take care of minor clogs yourself. However, pipes that clog easily or that clog all the time could be on their way out. If this is the case for you, then you need to service your plumbing system right away.
Plumbing pipes that clog up easily may contain debris, such as hard water minerals, hair, and grease. Water will have a difficult time moving through clogged plumbing pipes. If the water becomes too cold inside your clogged pipes, it will turn into ice or freeze.
A plumbing contractor can clear out your plumbing pipes for you, including the pipes on your roof and inside your basement. Many contractors use augers and water jets to service pipes. If the clogs are severe, a plumber will use other tools to remove them.
Your plumbing pipes may require additional services to stay clean during the cold season. A plumber may need to:
- retrofit the pipes with extra drainage outlets
- install new hardware on the pipes
- insulate the pipes against cold weather
If you need clarification about the services above, consult a contractor immediately.
You can find the unique services you need for your plumbing pipes by calling a plumbing contractor today.