How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for North America. This commonly takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 866-397-3787 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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