How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Orlando. This typically takes place when high water pressure from 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 find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. 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 inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack 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 after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To avert this issue, ensure 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, ensure 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 find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 407-329-7661 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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