How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Fras-Air/General Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing 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 avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to let water continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Fras-Air/General a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are usually a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and create 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 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 so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually 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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