How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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


Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Albany. This commonly happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep 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 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 pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines 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 own 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 so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 518-417-2938 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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