Common Plumbing Problem During Winter

A leaking tap might seem like a minor annoyance, but it can have a significant impact on water wastage. Did you know that a single dripping tap can waste up to 24,000 liters of water per year? That’s equivalent to filling a small swimming pool! 🌊

Blocked Drains

Increased indoor activity during winter, especially around the holidays, can lead to more food scraps, grease, and other debris going down the drains, causing blockages. The cooler weather can also cause fats and oils to solidify more quickly, worsening blockages. To avoid this, be mindful of what you dispose of in your sinks and use drain strainers to catch food particles. Regularly cleaning your drains with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar can also help keep them clear

Burst Pipes

While South Australia’s winters are relatively mild, sudden temperature drops can still pose a risk to household plumbing systems, particularly causing burst pipes. When water inside the pipes freezes, it expands, leading to increased pressure that can cause the pipes to crack or burst.

A burst pipe needs immediate attention. Left unchecked, it can cause extensive water damage to your property, creating a potentially inviting environment for mould and mildew.

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Water Heater Issues

Hot Water Systems work harder during winter to provide hot water, which can lead to breakdowns or inefficiencies. Regular maintenance, such as flushing the tank to remove sediment buildup and checking the thermostat settings, can help keep your water heater running smoothly. If your water heater is old or frequently malfunctions, it might be time to consider a replacement.

Leaky Faucet / Tap

Cold weather can cause pipes and faucets to contract, leading to leaks. Even small leaks can waste a significant amount of water and cause damage over time. Inspect your plumbing regularly for any signs of leaks and address them promptly. Replacing worn-out washers and seals can often fix minor leaks.

Gutter and Downpipe Blockages

Adelaide’s winters might be snow-free, but the increased rainfall can still pose challenges for home gutter systems. Leaves and debris that accumulate during fall can blocked gutters and downpipes, hindering proper drainage and causing water overflow. This overflow can damage your home’s exterior and, if left unchecked, may lead to foundation issues. To prevent these problems, it’s crucial to clean gutters and inspect downpipes for blockages at the end of fall.

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By following these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of plumbing emergencies during winter in South Australia. Regular maintenance and proactive steps will help ensure your plumbing system remains reliable and efficient, providing peace of mind throughout the colder months.

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