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Common Winter Plumbing Problems & How to Avoid Them

Did you know that some plumbing problems are way more common in the winter than at other times of the year? There are a number of reasons why this is true. The important thing is that, as a homeowner, you know what to look for and how to address any problems that might come up. 

Additionally, with this massive winter storm coming in January 2024, it’s critical that you understand the potential issues that could happen to your plumbing during a sudden, deep freeze. If you do experience difficulties with your Dallas plumbing this winter, call us at Cody & Sons Plumbing, Heating & Air to take care of things fast!

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Frozen Pipes in Dallas

When temperatures drop, the water in your pipes can freeze and then burst. This usually happens with pipes that are run along outside walls or ones running through uninsulated areas, like attics, basements, or garages. When water freezes, it expands. If it creates too much pressure, it can crack the pipe. Then, when things thaw out, you have a watery mess to clean up and need plumbing repair in Dallas.

Avoid this by wrapping problematic pipes with insulation before cold weather hits and keeping your heater set to at least 50 degrees – even when you go out of town! Read more about how to prevent frozen pipes before they happen. If you have a frozen pipe and/or a pipe burst, call our plumbing company in Dallas for fast and effective services.

Dallas Water Line Breaks

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Sometimes, pipes freeze even when you do your very best to keep them thawed. This can cause anything from a tiny leak to a huge one with water spraying everywhere. As soon as you notice a leak, it’s time to turn off your water, then call to get it fixed. After all, cleaning up from water damage can be difficult and expensive. And, if it’s cold the last thing you need is water flowing into your home.

Cody & Sons’ plumbers are experts in Dallas water line services, so no matter what you need, we’ll be here to help.

Disappearing Hot Water

When your hot water has to travel through cold pipes to get to wherever you’re using it, it can seem like your water heater isn’t working. Turn up the temperature on your Dallas water heater or let the hot water run for a couple of minutes before you try to use it.

If you have a lot of people visiting over the holidays, you may need to schedule hot water usage so that your water heater has time to produce plenty of hot water for everyone. That way no one is left taking a cold shower!

Now, if your water heater fails during frigid weather, call Cody & Sons for water heater repair in Dallas to ensure you can have warm water throughout the cold weather.

Clogged Drains

With all of the parties and family visits that happen over the holidays that are now being followed up by extended time home during all this snow, it’s no surprise that drains tend to clog up. Make sure that any long-term guests know the specifics of using your plumbing so that this doesn’t happen. Remind them, for instance, not to flush feminine products or to put their coffee grounds in the trash can and not down the garbage disposal.

If you do get a clogged drain, don’t panic. Call us at Cody & Sons and we’ll send someone out for your Dallas drain cleaning. Before you know it, the clog will be gone and you’ll be back to your celebration.

Get Dallas Plumbing Help Fast

No matter what goes wrong with your Dallas plumbing this winter, rely on our skilled plumbing company in Dallas to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible. We provide emergency plumbing services 24/7 to get your home running normally again fast. Stop feeling anxious and get our team working for you ASAP!

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Prevent Frozen Pipes All Winter Long

Spring is coming but it’s not here yet! Early spring can be deceptive because some days feel warm and nice but the snow is never far away. It’s important that you continue your pipe freeze prevention tactics until you’re sure that temps won’t fall again. Otherwise, you may need some plumbing repair in Dallas from certified Dallas plumbers like Cody & Sons before you can use your pipes again. Here are just a few things you can do right now to prevent frozen pipes.

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  • Don’t use your outdoor taps. You may want to wash your car or hose off your driveway, but resist that temptation for a few more months. Using those pipes means that they will have water in them again, and that water can freeze, necessitating plumbing repair in Dallas. If you do use them, plumbers in Dallas recommend you make sure you unhook your hoses and drain the pipes again when you’re done.
  • Let your faucets drip a little. When it’s so cold outside, water can freeze even in your indoor pipes. However, moving water is less likely to freeze than standing water is. Keeping your faucets on and letting them trickle water during the cold, cold nights will help ensure pipe freeze prevention.
  • Check your insulation. Even if you checked your home’s insulation before things froze last fall, it’s a good idea to check it again in the spring. Many homeowners are surprised at how fast gaps can develop. These gaps let in freezing air, making plumbing repair in Dallas a necessity. Check your attic, crawl spaces, and anywhere else where plumbing runs. If you are missing insulation, fix it fast. 
  • Keep your thermostat turned up. Some homeowners like to turn down the heat at night to save money. However, this can cause your pipes to freeze. Plumbers in Dallas recommend you make sure your indoor temperature doesn’t go below 55 degrees at night. This should help keep your water flowing, not freezing, all night long. 
  • Wrap your pipes. If you haven’t wrapped the pipes most likely to freeze, those on exterior walls or in colder areas like crawl spaces, there’s no time like the present to do so. This extra layer of insulation gives you added protection and another bit of pipe freeze prevention. It’s easy to do and it may mean the difference between costly repairs and spending your money elsewhere. 

Frozen pipes can be a huge problem, in terms of stress and money. Save yourself the hassle and spend your money on something you like better when you take the time to make sure your pipes are protected. In just a few more months, you won’t have to worry anymore. In the meantime, these tips can save you a huge hassle. 

Get Plumbing Repair in Dallas

If you do find yourself in need of plumbing repair in Dallas, call us at Cody & Sons Plumbing, Heating & Air. Our plumbers in Dallas, TX would be happy to find your broken pipes and get them fixed so you can get back to your normal life. Contact us for your appointment at the first sign of a pipe problem.

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