How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year comes with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Stevenson Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Columbus. This usually occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to let water constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Stevenson Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert 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 leaks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and create a leak or a break. To avert 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Stevenson Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 614-334-3192 or schedule online to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter. 

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