How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. 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 happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at 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 typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after 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 avert this situation, make sure 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 have 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 figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 866-397-3787 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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