How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Gainesville. This usually takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to let water continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this problem, 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, be 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 a qualified plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 352-414-4006 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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