How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Wheeling. This usually takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 significant damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avert this problem, ensure 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, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 847-250-6729 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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