How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. McElroy Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Grand Island. This commonly takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to let water constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give McElroy Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and create 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 working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call McElroy Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 308-210-4398 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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