How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Teays Valley Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize 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 merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to let water constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Teays Valley Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks 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 prior to freezing temperatures.

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, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Teays Valley Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue 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 make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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