How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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


Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Hurricane. This commonly takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Teays Valley a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and create 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 operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Teays Valley Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 304-760-5088 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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