How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – precious trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Longmont. This usually occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and create a leak or a break. To avoid this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 303-647-5749 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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