How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. 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 Canada. This commonly occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are commonly because of 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 lines and cause a leak or a break. To avert this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this problem altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 866-397-3787 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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