How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with 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 mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Gainesville. This usually takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do find 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 leak or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are commonly caused by 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 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 working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, ensure 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 avoid this problem altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 352-374-6602 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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