How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Shreveport. This commonly occurs 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 let water constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut 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 look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause major 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 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 figure 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 be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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