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4 Common Winter Plumbing Problems

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! …unless your pipes and plumbing are giving you trouble. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years it’s hard not to feel joyful and festive in the weeks ahead, but a plumbing problem (or two) can put a damper on any occasion in a hurry. Ensure you and your family have the best holiday season yet by staying aware and educated on the following plumbing problems. Throughout the cold, icy winters in Macomb County, we have to be especially alert!

frozen water pipes

Frozen Pipes

One of the most common issues homeowners experience in the wintertime is frozen pipes. When water freezes, it expands, and this can put a lot of pressure on your plumbing system. Your pipes may seem sturdy and unbreakable, but when ice is pushing on it from the inside, it won’t be long before they finally give in to the strain and burst open.

Now, not only will your water system be temporarily shut down, but you’ll be looking at a lot of water damage throughout your home, as well. Because of this, it is imperative that you locate your shut off valve now, so you can turn your water off as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.

Wondering if you’re more prone to experience frozen pipes? Some homes are simply more vulnerable to this due to the location of their pipes and how well insulated they are. If you have outdoor pipes, for instance, you may want to consider relocating them. Along with this, make certain that all of your pipes in colder areas of the home (like your attic, garage, basement, etc.) are properly insulated.

Other tips for avoiding frozen pipes include:

Keep your heat on at all times and above 55 degrees (even when on vacation).
On especially cold days, leave a trickle of water running in your sinks to keep things moving and prevent water from sitting and freezing.
Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets open, so that the plumbing is exposed to the warmer indoor temperatures.
Drain and remove any outdoor water sources (hoses, pools, etc.).

If you have frozen pipes, don’t hesitate to reach out to our crew as soon as possible. We’re experienced in this area. We can take appropriate measures for minimizing damage and ensuring your home and family stay better protected, no matter what.

Water Heater Issues

Another thing to be aware of this time of year is potential water heater-related problems. This appliance puts in a lot of overtime when temperatures drop because it takes longer to heat up that extra cold water. Because of this, checking things over ahead of time and ensuring your system is all set and ready to go is a must!

The last thing anyone wants on a frigid day is no hot water, so keep an open eye for the following signs that your water heater is on its last leg: it makes rattling/clunking noises, there is water around the tank (indicating a leak), you’re noticing rusty water, or your water heater is over ten years old.

If it does come time for a new water heater, our crew can set you up. We have tankless options, electric water heaters, high-efficiency units, and more! You’re guaranteed to find the right fit, no matter what. Reach out today to see what we can do for you!

Leaks In Your Water Line

Like we said, your pipes are prone to experience some extra pressure in the winter months. Getting a leak during a blizzard or holiday get together can lead to quite a predicament. Avoid the hassle by ensuring your setup is all taken care of and ready for anything.

Poor water pressure, water stains on the ceiling or walls, water on the floor, constant dripping, and increased water bills can all indicate that you have a bigger problem on your hands, so get our team in to look things over right away if anything is concerning you. The sooner we catch the issue, the better!

Clogged Drains

It’s typical for your drains to experience more use over the holidays. More food gets prepared, and a lot of homes need to accompany extra visitors. Along with the holidays, the cold tends to keep family members inside because of the cold weather. Because of this, your drains are more prone to experience clogs. If this happens before a big meal, this could leave you with a big mess on your hands.

Whether you need your toilets cleared out, help discovering an obstruction in a kitchen pipe, or something else, we are certain our experts can help you out. Reach out with any questions, and we can recommend the right services for your needs!

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We have been serving Macomb, Oakland, and parts of St. Clair Counties for 30 years, and customers continue to trust in us time and time again. Why? Because we are experienced, licensed, insured, and ready to do everything possible to get your home back in shape! We would love the opportunity to prove ourselves to you! Please give us a call today to set up your appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!

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3 Reasons To Avoid DIY Plumbing

We’ve all been there. Something goes wrong in our household and, rather than call for professional help right away, we try to address it ourselves, thus saving money on a service fee. Some home repair jobs can be handled this way, but when it comes to plumbing-related issues, this typically is not the best route to take. 

If you are dealing with a small leak or a clogged toilet, then sure – tackle the job yourself! But if it is a bigger project, such as renovation work, backed up pipes, or low water pressure, then calling in an expert is always your best bet.

Still not convinced? Check out the following reasons why DIY plumbing is usually not the best option.

You Typically Wind Up Paying More

Tackling a job that you were not trained to take on can wind up resulting in some pretty big disasters. Just one minor mishap can leave you with a big mess on your hands and even more damage than you started out with. Should something major go wrong, you will need to call in a plumber anyway, and the problem will be even more costly to fix than it was before.

Many times, people end up experiencing a large amount of water damage, as well. If something goes awry, and you are left with a flooded bathroom, basement, or kitchen, you are looking at hundreds (maybe even thousands) of dollars worth of damages. That’s not even accounting for sentimental items that can never be replaced.

Why take any chances? Better care is just a phone call away, and here at Stadler Plumbing, we would be happy to help you out every step of the way.

You Risk Your Safety

Whether you are dealing with steaming water, pressurized pipes, electrical equipment, or something else, do-it-yourself plumbing can wind up causing an injury before you even realize what went wrong. A licensed plumber knows exactly what type of equipment to use, and they will come with the appropriate gear and protective clothing, as well.

You Will Likely Face Problems Down The Line

Even a seemingly successful DIY job can result in issues down the line. You will be a lot more likely to experience a break down later on, and you could eventually find yourself dealing with leaky pipes or something similar. A temporary fix is never a good solution, especially when it comes to your pipes and plumbing, so work with a professional crew from the start. It is a decision you definitely will not regret.

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Stadler Plumbing offers a long list of services, all of which will be performed by our licensed and insured crew. When it comes to getting the care you deserve in and around Macomb County, there is no better team to rely on than us. Don’t put it off any longer. Give us a call to set up your appointment today!

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