How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Livermore. This usually occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to let water constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this issue, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have 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 prevent this trouble altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 925-364-5427 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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