How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with a couple preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for the U.S.. This commonly occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to let water constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated 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 qualified plumbers out to look at the issue. 

Broken Water Line 

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are typically because of 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 pipes and create a leak or a break. To prevent this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in. 

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 have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this problem altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 866-397-3787 or schedule online to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.