How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Atlanta. This typically takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Peachtree Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from 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, ensure 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, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 678-235-9699 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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