How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Buffalo. This usually occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to let water continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes 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 working 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 Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 716-427-6807 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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