This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley 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 are a common plumbing problem for Wheeling. This typically occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Comfort Masters Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the problem.
Broken Water Line
A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To prevent this situation, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.
Failing Hot Water Systems
If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, make sure 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 an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 847-250-6729 or schedule online to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.
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