How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Tempe. This commonly takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to constantly 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 doesn’t work, give Bob Brown 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 cracks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

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, 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 prevent this issue altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 623-243-4517 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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