How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for La Porte. This commonly happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat 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 rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To prevent this problem, ensure 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 281-407-9478 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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