How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Richmond. This usually occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that fails, give Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avert this problem, 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 working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 804-548-4480 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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