Know the Signs of Winter Plumbing Damage

That sound was just the wind – right? Listen closer – that clanging probably isn't a ghost, but it could be coming from your pipes.

Falling temperatures can pose a threat to the integrity of your plumbing system. Extreme cold causes the metal in your plumbing to contract, sometimes leading to cracks and leaks. Even worse, frozen pipes may rupture, potentially inflicting thousands of dollars of water damage.

As a plumbing contractor in Ivyland and the wider Doylestown area for over 30 years, we're more than familiar with the signs of an imminent plumbing catastrophe. Thankfully, it's easy to recognize these warnings. Even if you don't see any of these signs, you may want to consider taking preventative action by opting for one of our maintenance plans.

If you recognize any of the indications of winter plumbing damage below, call us as soon as possible to avert disaster.

Visible Faults

Unnatural bending, bulging, cracks, and other imperfections that you can see on exposed pipes, water heaters, and other plumbing fixtures are some of the most obvious signs of damage. These can be symptoms of serious issues. If you already see visible deformities in your system, you should call a professional plumbing service before something breaks and wreaks havoc on your property.

Low Water Pressure or Leaks

Although leaks provide you with a clear sign that you have a plumbing problem, they are not always easy to find. Weak water flow can indicate that a pipe has already ruptured. Pay close attention to your water bill, as well – unusually high charges might serve as further evidence that something is wrong.

Trust Your Senses

Lastly, if you smell unusual odors or hear strange sounds in your home, your plumbing may be to blame. Pipe blockages can lead to sewage backups, producing foul odors and gurgling noises. Rumbling, clanging, or grinding sounds can also indicate that pipes have come loose, potentially creating points of friction and tension.

If you recognize any of these signs with your own system, call Ben Franklin for prompt and affordable service. In the case of an emergency, our expert plumbers are available: just call us at (215) 712-8650.

For the best chance of avoiding emergencies altogether, consider signing up for one of our maintenance plans. With regular check-ups, you'll mitigate seasonal damage while simultaneously prolonging the life of your system, saving you money in the long run.

To schedule an inspection or learn more about the plumbing services we provide in Buckingham and elsewhere in Bucks County, call us at (215) 712-8650.