How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Fort Wayne. This commonly happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Rolf Griffin Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and create a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 260-557-1275 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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