How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. San Antonio Air Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for San Antonio. This typically takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that fails, give San Antonio Air Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to examine the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are commonly because 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 result in a leak or a break. To avert this issue, 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, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call San Antonio Air Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 210-570-9705 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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