How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Comfort Masters Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Wheeling. This typically takes place when high water pressure from 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 continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Comfort Masters a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks 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 create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and create a leak or a break. To avert this situation, 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, check the temperature and make sure it 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 so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure 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 be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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