The 5 Most Common Winter Plumbing Problems

  • By Development Team
  • 14 Jan, 2017

Read these tips and be proactive with your homes plumbing systems.

If you live in Simcoe County, then you know that the winter season comes with unique challenges. The weather gets colder, the roads get icier and the snow piles up around your home. Be proactive and help to prevent some of these issues that can happen and watch out for the signs of the most common plumbing problems that we face each winter season.

1. Frozen pipes

When the weather gets extremely cold, pipes are at risk of freezing. Prevent this plumbing problem by properly protecting your pipes. Here are a few tips on how to do this:

-Leave a steady drip of water running when you leave the house.
-When temperatures hit below freezing consistently – that’s an automatic red flag that your plumbing is at risk.
-Leave your cabinets open for heat ventilation for your pipes.
-Unhook water hoses and add covering to your outdoor irrigation systems

If you do end up with a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply right away. Doing this will take the pressure off the pipe and lessen the likelihood of a burst. However, you should call a professional plumber to prevent any significant damage to your plumbing.

2. Poor heating

Your furnace is inactive all summer and then put under great strain in the colder winter months, making them prone to breakdowns, usually at the most inconvenient times. If your home is getting inadequate heat, check your furnace and ensure it is working properly and providing your home with the heat it requires. If it’s not, call someone in to assist.

3. Water line break

Standing water can freeze and then create ice blockage in your pipes. This blockage can cause pressure to build up, and over time, can lead to a leak or a break in your plumbing systems. Use shut-off valves inside the home to keep your plumbing system running smoothly. A plumbing professional can help you with installing the valves and choosing just the right spot for them. Be sure to disconnect all outside water hoses before temperatures fall below zero at night, and drain the lines. The last thing you want to deal with is a flooded basement.

4. Water heater breakdown

Your water heater has to work extra hard in the wintertime when temperatures are below zero. Running at maximum capacity all winter long can put a real strain on your water heater, especially if it hasn’t been serviced in a while. Water heater issues can affect your plumbing in various ways; from no hot water to low flow or no flow at all. This is something you want to stay on top of to avoid these problems in winter.

5. Winterizing plumbing

Any part of your plumbing system that won’t be used over the winter should be properly winterized to reduce the risk of cracking and freezing. Again, this is a great job for your plumbing professional and a little added peace of mind for you. Knowing a professional has checked things out prior to any catastrophes, perhaps even catching any potential issues in the making will help you feel confident in your plumbing over the winter.

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By Development Team 04 Feb, 2017
  • In a typical household, toilet flushing makes up 38% of all water-use in the home.
  • A low flush toilet can save you up to 18,000 gallons of water per year
  • A slight leak in the toilet (usually the flapper) will waste up to 15 gallons of water a day or 5,475 gallons a year.
  • A trickling faucet or showerhead can waste up to 100 gallons of water or more in a week (depending on the size of the drip).
  • If a drip from your faucet fills an eight-ounce glass in 15 minutes, it will waste 180 gallons per month and 2,160 gallons per year.
  • In a typical home, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water, brushing your teeth or forgetting to turn the tap off right away. And, as much as 15% of your annual water heating costs can be wasted heating this extra 9,000 gallons.
  • Your water heater should be set to no hotter than 120 degrees to avoid the risk of burning your skin.
  • Approximately 1 in every 318 homes or buildings has some type of leak
  • A failure at 70 pounds of pressure can expel up to 650 gallons of water per hour. That’s what you could be faced with if your washing machine hose fails. Washing machine hoses are usually made of reinforced rubber, which can lose resiliency and burst as it gets older. It’s important to replace this hose every 3-5 years
  • Insulating your home’s pipes can reduce the amount of heat lost as your water travels from your heater to your faucet. You’ll run less water waiting for it to warm up and save money on your utility bills.
  • The average person will spend approximately 3 years on the toilet during their lifetime.


Professional, reliable service everytime.

By Development Team 14 Jan, 2017
If you live in Simcoe County, then you know that the winter season comes with unique challenges. The weather gets colder, the roads get icier and the snow piles up around your home. Be proactive and help to prevent some of these issues that can happen and watch out for the signs of the most common plumbing problems that we face each winter season.
By Development Team 22 Sep, 2016

Fall is upon us and winter is not that far off. Ensure your home is ready for the plunging temperatures and extreme conditions that can send your homes plumbing into dangerous territory. Follow these simple tips and you may just save yourself some money this winter.

1. Clear out the gutters
Having clogged gutters will block the drainage of rain and melting snow. This can result in household leaks and serious damage to your landscape and, more importantly, your foundation. When the trees are close to shedding their last leaves, make some time to clean out your gutters – prepare yourself with a good pair of rubber gloves, a strong ladder and perhaps a handy assistant. Be sure to check the down pipes are clear of debris and caked on dirt by running water down them.

2. Divert Water
Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation. A short visit to your local hardware store will help you get the appropriate extensions you need.

3. Pad your pipes
Even a small frozen pipe can cause huge household damage if it happens to burst. To prevent the incidents, invest in some tubular pipe insulation sleeves from your local hardware store. Cover exposed pipes in unheated areas. These areas include basements, attics, crawl spaces and even cabinets. The pipe sleeves are simple to apply, can be cut to fit and easily removed if necessary. Bends and joints need to be covered as well for this application to be successful. Once this is complete, seal the joints with duct tape and you’re don’t. You’ll not only prevent considerable water damage you’ll conserve energy as well.

4. Turn Off Exterior Faucet
Disconnect all garden hoses and drain the water that remains in the faucets. Undrained water in these pipes can freeze which will cause the pipes to burst the frozen water expands. If you don’t have them already and most homes 15 + years old do not, look into getting frost-proof faucets. In the meantime, ensure you turn the shut-off valve inside your home.

5. Drain Your Lawn-Irrigation System
This is something that you really need to call in a plumber for; this task requires a large air compressor along with the right amount of plumbers anti freeze to complete properly. Draining these system pipes and spigots will help avoid freezing and leaks.

6. Test Your Sump Pump
Pouring several gallons of water into the sump pit is a great way to see if your pump turns on and works sufficiently. Do this every few months; especially after a long dry season or just before a wet/rainy one. Most sump pumps will last 10 years, but you just never know what may happen.

By Development Team 31 Aug, 2016
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  • Do your homework with your city; ensure the work you want to do is allowed in your zone and if you require any special permits.
  • Talk to friends, family and colleagues for personal recommendations on contractors.
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  • Narrow your contractor choices to 2 or 3 promising options. With each contractor, as for their business license number, licensing office, insurance company information. Double check the WSIB web site to ensure the contractors all have clearance.
  • As for past references, and where applicable ask to see the homes/areas they’ve serviced.
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  • Obtain 2-3 estimates from your chosen contractors.
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