How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some 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 happens 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 constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. 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 expert plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are commonly because 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 pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this problem, confirm 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, 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this problem 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 in the cold this winter.

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