Tips & Tricks

It’s Been a Hard Winter: Check Up on Your Pipes and Plumbing

What a winter we have had here in Chicagoland! While we all still expect to wear winter coats well through early April, our winter season has been especially harsh up until now. Between polar vortex frigid weather, more ice storms than we have had in years, and piles of snow, it is safe to say most of us are ready for a little sunshine and above freezing thermometer readings.

This winter has been hard on you and your family, to be sure. However, this unusually cold and wet winter has also been hard on your home. From your siding and windows to your pipes and heater, your house has been working hard to keep your family warm and safe. Treat your house with extra care this spring, looking for signs of winter wear and tear throughout your pipes and plumbing.

Check the Water Pressure

Is your shower taking a bit longer than usual due to decreased water pressure, or have you noticed a change in the pressure from your faucets? This subtle hint could be your pipes telling you there is a bigger issue at play due to leaking or other damage.

Pay Close Attention to Leaks

If your pipes did freeze this winter, your pipes may have burst. You would have that issue fixed by now. However, your pipes could have frozen without bursting, meaning you may not have even noticed any resulting damage. Open your cabinets and look for unexplained water on your pipes or on the ground. This unexplained water could indicate damage sustained this winter season.

Listen for Strange Noises

Often, your home will alert you of damage or potential problems by creaking and groaning. If you are hearing strange noises when you turn on your faucet or when your water heater kicks on, it could be a sign of a problem.

If you have noticed changes in water pressure, strange noises coming from your pipes, or small puddles of water on your cabinet floor, don’t wait any longer before getting it checked out by a professional. The team at Elk Grove Village Sewer and Plumbing has been helping your neighbors throughout the suburbs all winter long. We are ready to inspect problem areas and get your pipes safe (and warm) again. Give us a call to talk more about your situation today.


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