How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much joy – precious trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool 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 lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for West Palm Beach. This typically takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn 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 expert plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe openings 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 cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avert this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

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 have 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 a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 561-629-1826 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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