How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and extreme 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 encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Austin. This usually 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 allow water to continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try thawing 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 inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are typically because of 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 pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avert this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

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, be sure 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 find out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better 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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