How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few 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 keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following 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 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, confirm 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 an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 954-736-4314 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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