How Cold Weather Can Cause Clogged Drains
Even though we’re fortunate to live in relatively warm climate year-round here in Orlando, it’s occasionally important to know preventive steps to keep your pipes from freezing. Sub-freezing climates can potentially affect your plumbing negatively in several ways, including causing clogged drains during. Conversely, a seemingly minor drain clog in conjunction with other plumbing problems may also cause extensive plumbing damage.
Frozen Pipes Causing A Clogged Drain?
Freezing pipes is the most obvious way that drains can clog during cold winter. The moisture in the sewer lines freezes causing lines to back up or drain slowly. In previous blogs, we discussed ways to keep your home’s pipes from freezing and how to winterize your plumbing. It’s very important to take measures to keep your pipes from freezing, both from a financial standpoint and from a health perspective. Plumbing disasters during the winter months can be particularly vicious and detrimental to your health. At the very least, clogs can cause sewer gases to back up into the home. Remember:
- Always let your taps drip on nights when temperatures dip below the freezing point
- Insulate your pipes
Gurgling Sound? Your Plumbing Vents Might Be Frozen, Causing A Clogged Drain
If you happen to notice a gurgling sound coming from your drains when you flush the toilet, be aware that this may be indicative of ice or snow blocking the sewer vents. If you are at all confused as to where the problem is originating, give Total Plumbing Orlando a call and we will come out and survey your problem. If the problem is rooted in a blocked sewer vent, then that will require climbing on the roof to clear it.
You can help prevent plumbing vents from freezing by:
• Wrapping foil-back insulation around the stack that passes through a vented attic space to reduce frost build-up.
• Wrapping thermostatically controlled heat tape around the vent if the pipe is accessible.
Orlando Clogged Drains
In cold weather, grease or oil hardens in your pipes. Therefore it is more likely that there will be drain clogs in the pipes. If you suspect the drainpipes have frozen, pouring hot or even boiling water down the drain should eliminate the ice blockage.
If you are having a winter emergency, including drain clogs in Orlando, give us a call at Total Plumbing Orlando. Even if you simply want to ask us a question about winterizing your home’s pipes, we’re more than happy to chew the fat a while. We love getting to know our Orlando neighbors!