Last Updated on March 20, 2024 by Faisal Khan

Locals are used to cold winters. During the winter, houses are more prone to plumbing difficulties, mainly if pipes are old or run through external walls. Quick diagnosis and maintenance may avert many seasonal issues. We can assist with winter plumbing service. Learn how to handle your home’s plumbing, so it never surprises you. This tutorial explains how to fix typical winter plumbing concerns.

Winter plumbing issues:

Some plumbing issues are particularly likely in cold weather. Here are some winter plumbing matters and how to heal them?


1.     Exterior frozen pipes

Winterized outside water pipes may harm outdoor spigots. Since pipes run beneath the house and aren’t utilized all season, water damage may go undiscovered for months, flooding crawlspaces, weakening foundations, and fracturing plumbing lines.  How do you keep outside pipes safe?


Fall-proof hose bibbs. Drain and coil spigot-attached hoses for winter storage. Open the moisture stopper so it dribbles, then finds the faucet within. Turn off the valve and leave the faucet open to empty the line. Outside, you can use a foam bib cover to avoid freezing.

Fix problems

·          If the water line leading to your house or the hose bibb on your house is frozen, follow these recommendations. If not, the valve for the hose bibb has to be opened.

·        Insulate the wall behind your hose bibb with towels or rags. Heated towels will defrost the line.

·       Warm the hose bibb with hot rags and cloths. If your fixture begins dripping, frozen water is melting.

2.     Frozen Pipes

Pipes may freeze because metal is a good heat conductor. Since frozen water expands, it may shatter or bust a plumbing pipe, causing a home disaster. Indoor floods or severe water leaks may occur, or washing machines, faucets, or showers may not operate. Here are ideas for avoiding and fixing this problem.


·        Leaky faucets! During the coldest months of the year, you should leave your faucets slightly ajar to allow for a little drip of water to occur overnight. This easy action relieves line pressure to avoid bursting and keeps water circulating to prevent freezing.

·        OPEN CABINETS Leave cupboards open under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms to warm pipes.

Fix problems

·        Watch the faucet to see when water returns. When water thaws and flows properly, turn off the tap to save water.

·        If water leaks while thawing the pipe, turn off the main valve. Have a plumber inspect and fix the line.

3.     Drain clogs

In winter, many families cook and entertain in their kitchens. Putting the incorrect stuff down drains or trash disposals may cause obstructions. Maintain your gutters to avoid this regular nuisance.


·    Garbage disposals can’t handle some foods. Keep trash disposal items out. Keep dense foods that expand in water, like rice, away from your disposal. Instead of utilizing the waste disposal, ask visitors to scrape their plates.

Fix problems

Follow these methods to unclog your trash disposal and avoid harm.

·        Disconnect the disposal’s electricity. Unplug the disposal or switch off the circuit breaker as a backup.

·    Check the disposal for blockages. Use a flashlight to locate garbage in the removal. Using tongs or pliers, remove impediments. Never reach into a garbage disposal.

·        Wait 15 minutes before restarting your disposal. It cools the system.

·        If there are no further blockages, the removal should restart.

4.     Low-performing water heater

Water heaters are used more in the winter when households have more guests. When your water heater fails, you may require repairs or a replacement. Here are some strategies to prevent or fix winter plumbing issues.


·      Water heater maintenance. Annual draining of tank water heaters removes scale and silt. Also, check the pressure relief valve.

·   Insulate the pipes. Insulate the water heater’s input and output pipes to maintain the proper temperature. Insulation prevents pipes from freezing in the winter and heat loss during the other months of the year, which results in warmer water being delivered to your home.

Fix problems

·        Check for gas and electricity if water heaters cease operating. Utility outages or lack of electricity might cause a non-heating system.

·        Limit switch check. If the tank’s water becomes too warm, the switch may trip and need to reset.

5.     Drainage damage

Freezing temperatures may degrade plastic and PVC, affecting outdoor drains. How do avoid drain damage from cold temperatures?


·      Metalize your drains. Galvanized steel drains are more frost-resistant than plastic drains. Replace plastic drain covers to assist grates in surviving cold and ice.

·        Remove yard waste. Clear debris from ground drains to prevent obstructions.

·        De-ice snow. Clear the drain if snow or ice accumulates.


·        Use hot water, ice melt, or liquid deicer to melt ice on outdoor drains. Deicer prevents pipe water from freezing.

·        The heat drains to melt ice.

6.     Sump pump backups

Sump pumps drain low-lying water. Heavy snowfall may rapidly overload these pumps, and water freezing can cause a system backup. Keep your sump pump in excellent shape to prevent winter plumbing service.


·        Clean the sump pump. Clean fall debris that might block the sump pit. Empty the sump.

·        Sump pump check. In the winter, test your sump pump by activating the float. When the float engages, make sure the pump starts.

·      Basement heating. Open basement vents to circulate hot air. Warm air prevents water from freezing in sump pumps and pits.

Fix problems

·        Try these methods if your sump pump freezes.

·        Turn off the breaker or disconnect the device.

·    Remove any obstacles from the exterior discharge pipe. Snow, ice, mud, or biological waste may be responsible.

·        Heat the obstruction for an hour to defrost the discharge line’s water.

·        Use a submersible pump or wet/dry vacuum to empty the sump pit.

7.     Septic tank parts frozen

Unprotected septic tanks may freeze pipes or the tank itself. When fluid or wastes in the tank freeze, it might impede drainage, expand and shatter components, or produce sewage backups. Here are some solutions.


·     Examine soil erosion. Check for soil erosion around your septic tank before the first frost. Cover any gaps. Avoid compaction.

·        Straw insulation tank. Straw insulates well. Cover your septic tank and lines with straw.

·        Winterize your tank. When required, pump the septic before winter.

·        Aerate septic fields. Aerate the drainage field soil to prevent compaction.

Fix problems

·        Open the septic tank lid.

·    Connect a water hose. To avoid water pollution, attach a brass nozzle and backflow preventer.

·        Find the T-shaped tank exit that links to the main drain line.

·        Start the water in the septic pipe hose. Deepen the hose until you strike the clog.

·        Let water dissolve the ice. When the hose advances, the blockage dissolves.

·        After removing the obstruction, clean the hose and reattach the tank lid.

·      Sewer gas is flammable, so never use direct heat to thaw septic pipes. If your septic lines freeze, call a plumber.


You should be able to go through the winter without encountering any of these issues if you follow these procedures. If you find that water is accumulating prior to travelling down a drain, you should have a qualified technician to inspect your system. In a similar vein, if you notice that your pipes often get frozen, it is a good idea to have someone come take a look at the situation and determine whether or not you need to take any further precautions to stop this from occurring.