How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic 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 Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing 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 a little open to let water continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent 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 Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are typically 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 pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this issue, confirm 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, confirm the temperature 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 Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 308-210-4398 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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