How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Houston. This usually occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to let water constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, 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 pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and cause 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 working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call (713) 352-7887 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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