How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving meals, 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. Stevenson 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

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Dayton. This commonly takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, ensure 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 937-503-7896 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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