How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Hillsborough. This usually takes place when high water pressure in 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 let water constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert 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 piping cracks or breaks are usually a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To avert this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 908-448-2154 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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