How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some 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 Cleveland. This typically happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to let water constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. 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 inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To avert this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

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 have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 440-252-1375 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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