How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Rolf Griffin Service Experts is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Fort Wayne. This commonly occurs 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 hot water and if that fails, give Rolf Griffin a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after 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 prevent 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 these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, be 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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