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 lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Charlotte. This typically occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to let water constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to 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 issue, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own 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 professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 704-464-4307 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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