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 enchantment 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 usually takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little 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 prevent the pipe from bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give San Antonio Air Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are typically caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to 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 prior to freezing temperatures.

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 have 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, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 210-570-9705 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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