How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year comes with so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Philadelphia. This usually takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the problem. 

Broken Water Line 

An opening or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are usually a result 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 lines and result in 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, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 215-259-5850 or schedule online to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.