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 dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few 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 usually occurs 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 allow water to continuously 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 warm 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 look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are typically caused by 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 situation, 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, confirm the temperature 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 figure out what’s going on. To avoid 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 with cold water this winter.

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