Winter in Australia, particularly in the east coast where Canberra and New South Wales lie, is unpredictable.
At one moment you are enjoying the winter sun. The next thing you know, a hailstorm or snowstorm occurs. Winter makes your plumbing vulnerable to broken pipes, blocked drains, and hot water system issues. Here are the top winter plumbing problems during the cold season, and here’s how what you can do about them.
1. Damaged Sump Pump or Water Pumps
A sump pump is a specialised pump, installed in a sump pit. It prevents flooding especially in low areas that could receive large amounts of stormwater, A sump pump needs regular yearly maintenance. You also need to insulate the inlet pipe and discharge pipe to protect it from freezing. Water pumps for tanks and irrigation are very likely to freeze if not covered with a pump box and well insulated.
2. Frozen Pipes and Burst Pipes
3. Low Water Pressure
Nothing can be more frustrating than having low water pressure when you are washing your clothes or running the hot water heater. Blocked pipes like old galvanized water pipes and leaking pipes cause low water pressure. Check the pipeline in the area where you are experiencing low water pressure to see if there are no burst pipes or broken pipes. It will be more efficient to call a professional licensed plumber to inspect the whole plumbing system for you.
4. Hot Water Heater is no Longer Working
For some reason, your hot water heater breaks down in the midst of winter. You check to see what is wrong and you may find a number of reasons why suddenly there’s no hot water: there’s a leak in the hot water tank, the thermostat is malfunctioning, the pilot light is acting up and the list goes on. The worst-case scenario is you need a hot water replacement as soon as possible because you realise that the hot water system has already aged beyond its lifetime warranty. Call a hot water plumber near you to identify and fix the hot water problem immediately lest you suffer from enduring cold showers. Your hot water specialist should be able to discuss with you the best hot water systems in the market and what your options are depending on the hot water capacity that you need and your budget.
5. Water And Sewer Backups
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