This time of year brings so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. BW/Cook Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.
Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Elkhart. This usually occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn 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 solve the problem, give BW/Cook Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.
Broken Water Line
A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, 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 functioning as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call BW/Cook Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 574-218-6404 or schedule online to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.
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