How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Calgary. This commonly occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To avert this situation, ensure 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, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, be sure 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 an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 403-279-5760 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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