How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems Published on November 11, 2016 This time of year arrives with so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems. Frozen Pipes Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Provo. This usually takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the problem. Broken Water Line A crack or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avert this situation, ensure 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, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 801-396-0637 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.