How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Niagara Home Services by Enercare is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Niagara Falls. This typically takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continuously 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 solve the problem, give Niagara Home Services by Enercare a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

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 own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Niagara Home Services by Enercare so we can send out a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 289-273-2229 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.