How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Miami. This usually takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are usually a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avert this problem, make sure 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, verify that 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 305-440-1505 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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