How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and bitter 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 encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Niagara Falls. This typically takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from 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 prevent this situation, make sure 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 these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 289-273-2229 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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