How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Rochester. This commonly happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are typically 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 pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this problem, 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 functioning as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 603-923-4570 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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