How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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


Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Kingwood. This commonly happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Finch a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are typically 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 cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and create a leak or a break. To avoid 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 so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 281-407-9478 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.