How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Alliance. This usually happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop 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 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 piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To avert this situation, ensure 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 own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 330-235-1260 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.