How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for London. This usually takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to let water continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To avert this issue, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Roy Inch & Sons 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, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 226-270-1164 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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