How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Charleston. This typically occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks 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 cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this issue, confirm 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 843-410-6103 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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