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 tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold 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 minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

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 Service Experts 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 leaks or breaks are typically because of 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 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 613-817-1591 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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