How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment 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 some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Orlando. This usually takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites 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 bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot 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 look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To avert this issue, 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 have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 407-329-7661 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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