How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Strand Brothers Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Austin. This typically occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To avert this problem, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Strand Brothers Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 512-592-3072 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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