How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Mobile. This usually occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with 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 discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To avoid this issue, make sure 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, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 251-202-7503 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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