How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Air Engineers Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Jacksonville. This commonly takes place 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 make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Air Engineers Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and create 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 Air Engineers Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 904-450-5672 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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