How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year brings so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for the U.S.. This usually occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the problem. 

Broken Water Line 

A leak or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following 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 avoid 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 functioning as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 866-397-3787 or schedule online to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter. 

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