How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Fort Lauderdale. This usually takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to let water continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to stop 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 expert plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

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 use 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 professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 954-736-4314 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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