How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, friends 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 world of plumbing problems. Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Champaign. This usually takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and create a leak or a break. To prevent 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 use a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 217-689-2469 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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