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 gathered 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 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 usually occurs 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 allow water to continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give D.A. Bennett a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave 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 everything looks right, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this problem 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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