How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Parker Pearce Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Gaithersburg. This typically takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to let water continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Parker Pearce Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you leave 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 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Parker Pearce Service Experts 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 in the cold this winter.

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