How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic 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 some 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 Denver. This commonly takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters 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 find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. 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 trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and create a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure 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 a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 303-647-5853 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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