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Top 5 Winter Plumbing Problems

Jan 15, 2016

Winter usually means a time to pull out the sweaters, scarves, and cute hats. It’s a time to snuggle and get cozy around the fire. While you warm and care for your body, make sure you give your plumbing special attention as well. The winter weather not only causes chapped skin, it also takes a toll on your pipes. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, we want you to be prepared. We believe that if you are aware of the top winter plumbing problems, you can look for warning signs in your own home.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are common during the winter season. When the temperature reaches low levels, it can affect the water pressure. Water flowing through pipes can freeze, causing it to slow or stop. This means your access to the water can be limited. Avoid this problem by insulating your pipes to keep them warm and working.

Leaking Pipes

Water pressure building up within the home can lead to leaks or lines breaks. This usually happens when a garden hose is left connected to the line. The water within the pipe will build up and lead to excess pressure, causing pipes to leak.


Stemming from leaks, winter can cause floods within the house. If a leak goes unnoticed or a water line breaks, a surplus amount of water can enter into your home, causing extensive damage.

Failing Water Heater

Water heaters are used the most during the winter season. Who doesn’t love a hot bath after a cold storm? If you have a gas water heater, make sure your pilot light is on. In general, it is wise to have your water heater checked to ensure proper functioning during the cold.

Clogged Pipes

Winter usually entails the holidays. During festivities, people usually throw food and other objects down the disposal. The grease from the food and the cold weather can cause build up. This will clog pipes and limit water flow.

At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, we are equipped to handle any plumbing problem winter may throw your way. Contact our experienced plumbers today to schedule an appointment. Don’t let this winter be miserable for you and your plumbing!

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