How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, 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 a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Denver. This commonly takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are typically caused by 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 pipes and cause 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 have 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 an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this problem altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 303-647-5853 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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