How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Albany. This commonly happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avert 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 have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional 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 best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 518-417-2938 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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