How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Longmont. This typically happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting 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 pipe openings or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avoid 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 functioning as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use 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 a professional 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 better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 303-647-5749 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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