How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Stevenson Service Experts is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize 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 from the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Stevenson a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep 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 prior to freezing temperatures.

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 so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 937-503-7896 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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