How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. 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 minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Memphis. This commonly happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do realize you have 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 Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and create a leak or a break. To avert this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning 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 everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble 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 901-235-1196 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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