How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year brings so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for the U.S.. This typically occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with 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 find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that fails, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the problem. 

Broken Water Line 

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To prevent 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 working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this problem 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 866-397-3787 or schedule online to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.