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 cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some 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 keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to let water continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To prevent 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 working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better 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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