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When temperatures drop, exposed pipes, such as in crawl spaces or basements, can lead to trouble. A common issue is that water partially freezes in the pipe, restricting flow. In severe cases the pipe can become frozen solid. This can result in cracks as water pressure builds, and if the pipe breaks, water will start flooding your space. An easy way to prevent this is to insulate exposed pipes with a foam pipe cover. If Seattle should experience an arctic blast, let cold water drip from the faucets of any expose pipes — including kitchen and bathroom sinks. The water circulation will help maintain water pressure and prevent freezing. \n

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reliable basement drain llc have declared

Reliable Basement & Drain LLC have declared a Cleveland Waterproofing pattern

has developed this winter, which is affecting weather conditions across the continent.

While December was fairly mild, forecasters have warned that Seattle could be in for

some colder weather in the coming months. Keep reading for tips on how to prevent

three common plumbing issues you might face if things get chilly!

Frozen Pipes

When temperatures drop, exposed pipes, such as in crawl spaces or basements, can

lead to trouble. A common issue is that water partially freezes in the pipe, restricting

flow. In severe cases the pipe can become frozen solid. This can result in cracks as

water pressure builds, and if the pipe breaks, water will start flooding your space. An

easy way to prevent this is to insulate exposed pipes with a foam pipe cover. If Seattle

should experience an arctic blast, let cold water drip from the faucets of any expose

pipes — including kitchen and bathroom sinks. The water circulation will

help maintain water pressure and prevent freezing.

Clogged Drains

Cold weather often results in more kitchen activity as people cook their favorite

hearty dishes in order toward off the chill. This also means there’s more opportunity

for grease and food scrapes to be washed down your kitchen drain and form a clog.

prevention is a fairly straightforward simply

Prevention is a fairly straightforward — simply make sure you compost food scraps

and properly dispose of grease in the garbage. If your drain does clog, avoid reaching

for liquid drain cleaner. Instead, check out our article covering tried and true methods

for getting things unclogged.

Septic Tank Troubles

If your home uses a septic tank system, you’ll need to keep an eye out for prolonged

periods of below freezing temperatures, especially with no snow. Under these

conditions the ground can start freezing. While it’s unlikely that the tank itself will be

threatened (at least in the Seattle area) depending on how deep the frost extends, parts

of your septic system could still be at risk of freezing. In particular, check the point

where the septic line leaves the house and make sure to cover it with a layer of

insulation, such as hay, leaves, or mulch. Regular household activity will generally

provide enough warm water circulation to prevent the line from freezing, but watch

out if you go away for a long weekend or vacation. If you experience any plumbing

problems this winter, give the experts at Best Plumbing a call. We are available

for emergency plumbing services 24/7 throughout the greater Seattle and Bellevue

areas! You can also schedule an appointment for routine plumbing maintenance.

Contact us today and learn why we’ve been trusted local plumbers for 50 years!