How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

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

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep 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 before the freezing temperatures arrive.

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, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 630-246-2698 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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