How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Gaithersburg. This usually takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to let water constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off 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 solve the problem, give Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this problem, 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 own a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 301-476-4577 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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