Emergency Plumbing Issues to Watch Out for in Winter

by | Feb 16, 2024 | Plumbing

Wintertime can be challenging for homeowners here in the Greater Dayton, Greater Columbus, and Greater Cincinnati areas. Ohio’s plummeting temperatures can cause several emergency plumbing issues that can wreak havoc on your home’s comfort and functionality. At Five Star Home Services, we have been proudly serving area homeowners for more than 50 years. We understand the unique challenges that come with winter weather better than anyone. In the following article, we will explain the top emergency plumbing issues to watch out for during Ohio’s cold winter months. They include: 

Frozen Pipes 

Obviously, one of the most common winter plumbing issues is frozen pipes. As temperatures begin to drop, the water inside your pipes can start to freeze. As this frozen water expands, it puts a great deal of pressure on your pipes — potentially causing them to burst. A burst pipe can result in significant water damage to your home that requires expensive repairs.  

Water Heater Failures 

Another common issue we come across during Ohio’s cold winter months is water heater failure. As temperatures begin dropping, your water heater has to work harder to heat your water; this increases the risk of breakdowns. Regular preventative maintenance helps homeowners avoid and prevent these issues. However, whenever emergencies do occur, it is essential to have a trusted plumber like Five Star Home Services on call. 

Sewer Line Backups 

Sewer line backups are also a lot more common during the wintertime. As the ground begins freezing and thawing, it puts pressure on sewer lines — causing them to crack or break. This can lead to unpleasant sewer backups and expensive repairs. 

Frozen Sewer Lines or Septic Tank 

When the ground surrounding your sewer lines freezes, the waste inside these lines can freeze, too. This same idea applies to septic tanks as well. Both scenarios can end in disaster because the waste gradually expands when it freezes. If given enough time, the waste can expand so much that it bursts a line or even the septic tank itself. To prevent this expensive problem, we recommend you consider having your septic tank pumped before temperatures drop too low. If your sewer system has exhibited any minor issues throughout the year, it’s also a good idea to schedule a comprehensive inspection with one of our local master plumbers at Five Star Home Services.  

Take Preventive Measures!  

The good news is that most of these issues can be prevented with preparation and regular maintenance from a company like Five Star Home Services. You can insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing, service your water heater regularly to ensure it’s working efficiently and have your sewer lines inspected and maintained to prevent backups. 

In Conclusion

At Five Star Home Services, we’re committed to helping homeowners in the Greater Dayton, Greater Columbus, and Greater Cincinnati areas keep their homes comfortable and safe all year round. If you’re facing a winter plumbing emergency or if you’d like to schedule preventive maintenance, don’t hesitate to give us a call.  

When you choose Five Star Home Services, you’re guaranteed customer satisfaction. We strive to provide the best service at all times, whether we’re responding to an emergency call or performing routine maintenance. Experience the difference that 50 years of industry expertise can make. Don’t let winter weather put your plumbing at risk — take preventive measures today and protect your home from expensive and inconvenient emergency repairs.  

Call Us Today! 

Remember, a bit of prevention can go a long way in avoiding plumbing emergencies during the wintertime. Stay warm, stay safe, and rest assured, knowing that Five Star Home Services is here for you. Call your friends at Five Star Home Services today at (833) 405-8009. We are always standing by and ready to help you with all your residential and commercial plumbing needs! 

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