How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Columbus. This typically occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, 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 situation, confirm 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, be 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 614-334-3192 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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