How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year arrives with so much joy – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for the U.S.. This typically happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut 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 doesn’t work, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the problem. 

Broken Water Line 

A crack or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To avert this issue, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive. 

Failing Hot Water Systems 

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it 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 a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 866-397-3787 or schedule online to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.