How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Elkhart. This typically occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

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 have a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 574-218-6404 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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