How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for West Chester. This typically occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do discover 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 work, give Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To avert this problem, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

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 own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, be 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 484-401-7577 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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