How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with 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 freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Sunbeam Service Experts 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 happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Sunbeam a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major 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 during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines 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 operating as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Sunbeam Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 716-427-6807 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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