This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Chief/Bauer Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.
Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Champaign. This usually happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Chief/Bauer Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the trouble.
Broken Water Line
A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and create a leak or a break. To avoid 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, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Chief/Bauer Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 217-689-2469 or schedule online to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.
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