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It’s that time of year. In addition to the regular household plumbing issues that arise from time to time, winter brings its own unique Northern MI plumbing problems.

Here are some to watch out for when the temperatures drop and the cold winds rage:

Problems with hot water

Our Northern MI plumbing specialists are often called to homes to remedy a hot water heater that isn’t working properly. Before you call for expert help, make sure the temperature setting on the tank is high enough. Sometimes children or even pets will knock into the dial and set it a bit too low, which is more noticeable in cold weather. If the hot water tank is heated by natural gas, ensure that the pilot light is lit. If you still don’t have hot water, it’s time to check and see if something has failed. Thus the cold weather may highlight an important issue with the performance of your hot water heating system. A trusted Northern MI plumbing company will help you decide whether to repair or replace the tank (sometimes it’s more economical to replace).

Frozen pipes

The first sign of trouble with your plumbing is often a change in water flow. Watch to see if the water seems restricted; and if you suspect a pipe might be frozen, let it drip or dribble until you have a Northern MI plumbing specialist take care of the situation. Remember that a slightly higher water bill is less expensive than having your water pipes burst! The icy temperatures can freeze household pipes, particularly if they’re poorly insulated, and make them less able to manage high pressure from the water main. Open cabinet doors and let warm air reach the affected pipes (often located on exterior walls). If a pipe starts to leak or even bursts, turn off the water to your home at the water main and call a plumbing professional immediately.