How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Shreveport. This commonly occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly 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 warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To avert 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 working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 318-588-8163 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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