How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – precious trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and freezing 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 encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for West Palm Beach. This usually 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 continuously 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 warm 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 crack or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water line 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 lines 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, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have 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 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 winter begins. Call 561-629-1826 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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