After a slow start, winter has really settled in with heavy snow, temperatures below freezing, and the sound of shovels and snow plows scraping over snow- covered roadways. It brings back old problems like freezing pipes, and some homes with septic systems may have additional problems like frozen ground causing sump pits to overflow. There are some basic precautions you can take to avoid these problems, but there are times when you just have to call in a professional plumbing service to deal with leaks, floods and jobs like septic disposal.
Frozen pipes are the homeowner’s winter nightmare
It’s an insidious problem that can be very unpredictable. As temperatures drop below freezing, water in the pipes freezes as well. As most people learn in their high school chemistry classes, water expands in volume when it freezes, putting more pressure on the pipes, whether they’re made of plastic or metal. This can cause them to develop leaks or even burst.
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