How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and extreme 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

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Medina. This typically takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep 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 inspect the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To avert this problem, confirm 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, be 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 figure out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 330-305-2799 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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