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Signs Your Plumbing Won’t Last the Winter

The worst time to have a plumbing emergency is during the winter. Can you imagine not having hot water during the cold winter months? Don’t get yourself into a situation like this. Be proactive with your plumbing. In particular, be on the lookout for these signs that your plumbing won’t last the winter. 

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Sign #1: Discolored Pipes

If pipes in your basement or under your fixtures are looking discolored, it’s a sign that moisture is present. If moisture is present and your pipes are discolored, it can mean that your sink or drain line is dripping. It could also indicate that something more serious is happening. Either way, don’t ignore the sign of trouble. Have a MD plumbing company take a look immediately. 

Sign #2: Weak Water Flow

If you’ve noticed reduced water flow in multiple locations of your house, it’s a sign that there is a major problem. It could mean a problem with the main water line, a problem with the water heater, or the worst-case scenario, an active leak in the supply line. Since there are several potential reasons this could be happening, have a plumber come to your house immediately to determine the cause. 

Sign #3: Sewer Odor 

If you smell an unpleasant odor coming from your fixtures, it either means that a trap has become dry or a vent line has cracked. If the sewer odor is caused by a dry trap, you can easily resolve the problem by filling it with water. If the unpleasant odor is caused by a cracked vent line, it will require a bit more work to repair. You may be looking at having to remove some drywall, so do not attempt to fix this on your own. 

Sign #4: Pipes Freezing

If your pipes have already begun to freeze, it’s a sign that they may not last the entire winter. As many homeowners know, frozen pipes can wreak havoc on your entire plumbing system and can lead to extensive repairs. If you have noticed frozen pipes, turn off the water supply to keep water from clogging up and bursting the pipe. Then, have a MD plumber fix the problem.

Prepare Your Plumbing for the Winter With Michael Runk Plumbing & Heating

If you suspect your plumbing may not last the winter, have Michael Runk Plumbing & Heating prepare it. Whether you want to prepare your system by having us do maintenance services, or you want to repair a part of your system, we can do it all. Give us a call to schedule an appointment. 

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