How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Ocala. This typically occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. 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 inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and cause a leak or a break. To prevent this situation, confirm 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, confirm the temperature 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 352-414-4006 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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