Fall is finally here.  The temperatures have gone from being in the high 90’s every day to the perfection of fall and 60 to 70 degree days.  With all of that being said, we know what is right around the corner.  As fast as summer turned to fall, winter and cooler temperatures will be here before we know it.  It is important to recognize the importance of home maintenance. As colder temperatures become the norm there are a number of plumbing problem that start to arise.  All issues that can be easily be avoided with a little bit of prevention.

FLOODING 

Flooding is a common issue that arises during the colder rainy season at the start of winter as well as the melt that occurs as we usher in spring.  In order to prevent flooding with your home it is crucial that you have a properly functioning sump pump.  In areas known for heavy rain homeowners should look into installing a backup sump pump as well.  If the home is connected to the municipal water source we recommend water operated back up sumps. A battery operated sump pump works well for homeowners who are on a well.

To check if your sump pump is running properly you can test it by dumping a bucket of water into the sump crock and see if the pump activates.  If it does then everything is working as it needs to and there is no need to worry.  If it doesn’t activate as it should you will want to call in a local plumber such as Horton Plumbing and Remodeling to test the pump further, possibly replacing it with a new one.

BLOCKED VENT STACK 

The vent stack is in place to prevent sewer gases from entering the home.  In the fall and winter months the vent stack can easily become clogged with leaf debris or snow which will cause a sulfur smell to permeate the home.  In order to prevent a screen can be installed to prevent debris from settling into the stack pipe.  Insulation can be added around the vent to help prevent freezing from occurring.

PESTS 

Unwanted critters seek out warm places to make their homes in during the cold winter months.  Little pest, such as mice, will access the warmth of your home through any system they can, including the plumbing system.  Believe it or not little creatures will navigate through drains, toilets, and vent piping seeking food and shelter.  In order to prevent your home from becoming a hotel for vermin it is important to seal off all access points to the home. 

FROZEN PIPES

It is not uncommon in Michigan for homeowners to experience frozen pipes.  As temperatures fall water within the plumbing can freeze. Thus causing expansion which can lead to cracked pipes.  Frozen pipes can be prevented by installing insulations on pipes on outside walls, basements, and within crawl spaces.  Homeowners should properly seal their homes to prevent cold drafts.  Be diligent when checking the foundation, attic, and crawl spaces as they are notorious locations for cold air to seep into.  It is also smart for homeowners to drain and insulate outdoor spigots to prevent water left in the line from freezing and causing damage to the plumbing.

Horton Plumbing and Remodeling has been servicing southeast Michigan’s plumbing needs since 1988.  From frozen pipes to cracked sewer lines, our team of plumbers can help.  If you are looking for a local plumber near you look no further – Call us today 734.455.3332!