How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Bob Brown Service Experts is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Tempe. This commonly takes place 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 continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give Bob Brown Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this issue, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

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 have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Bob Brown Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 623-243-4517 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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