How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – cute 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 extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. A-PLUS Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Waldorf. This commonly occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give A-PLUS a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping 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 operating 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 A-PLUS Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 301-747-3140 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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