How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Golden Seal Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Saint Charles. This typically takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Golden Seal a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to examine the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are typically a result 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 lines and create a leak or a break. To avert this issue, confirm 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 own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Golden Seal Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 630-246-2698 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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