How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Albany. This typically happens when high water pressure through 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 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 hot water and if that fails, give D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To avert this issue, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 518-205-3324 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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