We’re offering many tips to make sure your plumbing work withstands the winter so you are aware of common issues that may arise this season. While you can’t always predict or stop impending problems – especially when it comes to the weather, we are here to help you solve any plumbing issues that may arise. Our team of experts has seen it all before and will quickly get your home running again in no time. So, please join Westerville Plumbing & Drain as we talk about the seven most common reasons your plumbing system may give you grief this season. 


  1. ISSUES WITH THE SUMP PUMP: Taking a few precautions now will ensure that your sump pump will be ready to go when you need it most this winter. Rapidly melted snow can cause flooding, so it’s important to make sure that your sump pump is prepared to activate and work as needed. Additionally, you should get rid of any dirt or extra debris close to the sump pump so it can’t get stopped up and causes the sump pump to not work. You can also see if your sump pump activates and starts working on command by pouring some water into it. If it doesn’t start after doing this, you will want to call a licensed plumber to look at it. So, please contact us and we would be more than happy to help! 
  1. ISSUES WITH THE GUTTERS & DRAINS: Gutters and drains play an important role in water-damage prevention. Unfortunately, they can become blocked by snow or ice during winter. This blockage can cause your gutters to overflow and pool in undesired locations. So, it is important to make sure your gutters are cleaned and cleared out of any leaves and small twigs that can contribute to the obstruction issue at least once this season. In addition, outdoor plastic drains can break under the stress and weight of built-up ice. By using metal drains instead of plastic, you can avoid this problem altogether.   
  1. ISSUES WITH FROZEN PIPES: By insulating your pipes with pipe insulation and letting your faucets drip water overnight on those especially frigid Ohio winter nights, you may just be able to nip any potential issues, like frozen pipes in the bud. Bear in mind that utilizing pipe insulation provides an extra layer of insulation and can greatly decrease the chances of frozen pipes. 
  1. ISSUES WITH THE TOILET: This winter, keep your pipes from freezing—and your toilet from overflowing by only flushing toilet paper down the loo. Cold water will flow more gradually, so lessening the waste product in your toilet will reduce the strain placed on your system. 
  1. ISSUES WITH LEAKS: Ignoring leaks, no matter how small they may be, can cause extensive and extensive damage to your plumbing system down the road. Water seepage will gradually worsen over time and can cause harm to your plumbing system and result in unwelcome water damage. So, checking for leaks on a regular basis helps avoid any costly disasters later down the road. 
  1. ISSUES WITH THE WATER HEATER: To keep your water heater running properly and prevent sediment from building up, have your water heater serviced once a year. Your hot water tank is under more pressure in winter because it is used more often to compensate for the low temperature, so this check-up is especially important during those months. 
  1. ISSUES WITH DECREASED WATER PRESSURE: Most people don’t know that water pressure usually decreases in colder weather because molecule movement slows down. As a result, having your yearly plumbing check done will make all the difference in practicing preventative maintenance and save you lots of money and stress later on! 

Westerville Plumbing & Drain is here to help you avoid any plumbing disasters this winter! We can fix leaks, unclog drains, and anything in between. So, if you start having any problems with your plumbing system, give us a call and we’ll take care of it for you! Call today at (614) 540-3437, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!