Long-Term Plumbing Problems from Unexpected Freezing

Not all plumbing problems from unexpected freezing weather are immediately noticed. In areas unaccustomed to cold weather, many homeowners may have frozen or burst pipes during the cold snap. These usually cause major leaks and flooding that require emergency plumbing repairs. But there may be other long-term plumbing problems that could cause problems down the road.

Outdoor Spickets

Outdoor spickets that were not covered or insulated during the freezing weather may have had water freeze in the pipes. This can cause small cracks that may not cause issues until the spicket is used. Once the cold weather is gone, check outdoor spickets for leaks.

Pipes in Garages or Crawl Spaces

Like outdoor spickets, pipes in unheated areas like the garage or crawl space could have damage from freezing. Inspect these pipes and look for small leaks that need repair.

Sewer Lines and Septic Equipment

Pipes and septic equipment underground can be damaged from freezing. It is important to look for signs of underground leaks or sewer line problems. Wet spots, soil erosion or bad odors in the yard near sewer lines, septic tanks or drain fields could alert homeowners of pipe damage.

Irrigation, Pools and Other Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures

Any outdoor plumbing that was not completely drained and prepared for cold weather could be damaged during freezing weather. Inspect all pumps and equipment for damage when it is time to start using pools, spas, water features and irrigation systems.

Many people may not realize they did have damage to their water line from unexpected cold spells during the winter until spring. It is important to watch for signs of issues and call an experienced plumber if repairs are needed.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Summer Water Leaks Often Go Unnoticed

Depending on the size of the leak, a water leak in your home can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in wasted water not to mention the potential damage to your walls, ceilings, or foundation.  For many homeowners, the first sign of a water leak is a sudden increase in their water bill.

Unusually high water usage is an excellent indication of a water leak but in many cases, if the high water bill coincides with the beginning of warm weather most homeowners assume that the increased usage is due to an irrigation sprinkler system or from filling the swimming pool.

It is normal for water usage to increase in the summer months if you have a sprinkler irrigation system or swimming pool, but sometimes these increased water bills can hide the warning signs of a water leak.  In addition, swimming pools and irrigation systems are themselves common sources of water leaks especially if they have been sitting idle all winter.

Don’t just assume that your increased water bills are due to the normal summer increase in water usage.  It might be months before you realize that your water bill is not decreasing like it should at the end of summer and by then you will have wasted thousands of gallons of water.

Inspect your water bill closely and compare this month’s water usage with the water usage for the same month last year.  If there is a significant difference, you may have a water leak and need a water line repair.  Call your local plumber if you suspect a water leak. They can quickly identify the source of a water leak in your home and help you choose between your repair options.