4 Common Fall Plumbing Problems

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling and getting stuck in the gutters… ah, fall! And along with the changing of the seasons comes seasonal chores. Here are the 4 most common fall plumbing problems and our tips to help!

1. Blocked Drainage

If you start to notice your sink backing up, leaves in your yard could be the issue. Leaves in the fall can easily clog your drainage system, especially if they tend to collect in one spot. The wind, rain, and even traffic can push leaves into piles which can cause a blockage. The best bet is to replace your drain cover. Certain covers are manufactured to fit specific drains so it is important to have it measured and properly fitted by a professional, like us!

2. Water Heater Failure

The incoming water temperature becomes colder as the ground temperature changes. Cold water entering your water heater can result in a temperature drop of about 25 degrees. Your water heater has to work much harder to heat cold water and as you use the tank’s stored hot water, cold water enters. The hot and cold water mix, which results in a constant need to heat. With your system now working double-time, the chances of failure increase. If any of the pipes entering your hot water heater are exposed, have them insulated to prevent freezing.

 

3. Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters may not seem like a plumbing issue, but neglecting gutters and downspouts blocked with leaves and debris means water can’t drain off your roof. From here, it pools or drips down into your foundation. It freezes over by winter, resulting in an ice dam or slippery accumulation on the pavement below.

4. Frozen or Burst Pipes

As temperatures begin to drop, pipes tend to try and freeze. Although this is a common problem in the winter, your pipes can freeze anytime the temperature drops below freezing. When water freezes, it expands, which causes pipes to burst. You can install pipe sleeves to help combat the colder temperatures or have a plumber install UL-listed heat tape or heat cable on your exposed water pipes.

If you’re worried your plumbing might be susceptible to changing of the seasons or you want some help with those fall plumbing chores, give us a call! (509) 535-3447 for service in Washington, or (208) 649-9991 for Idaho.

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