How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley 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 Naples. This typically happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting 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 professional plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after 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 avoid this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 239-908-6991 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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