This time of year comes with so much joy – precious trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Kingston Home Services by Enercare is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.
Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Kingston. This typically happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Kingston Home Services by Enercare a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the trouble.
Broken Water Line
A leak or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avert this situation, make sure 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, verify that the temperature 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 Kingston Home Services by Enercare so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate 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 winter begins. Call 613-817-1591 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.