How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family congregated 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 experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Naples. This usually happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting 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 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 typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you leave 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 prevent this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, verify that 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 a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent 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 239-908-6991 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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