How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter 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 minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Fort Myers. This typically happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To prevent this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, be 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 figure out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 239-908-6991 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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