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 dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Wesley Wood Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for West Chester. This usually 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 slightly open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Wesley Wood a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks 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 create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avert this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it 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 so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 484-401-7577 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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