How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Ravenna. This commonly happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. 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 look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To prevent 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 operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use 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 a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 330-236-4793 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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