How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Pardee Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Charleston. This typically happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Pardee Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, make sure 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, confirm the temperature 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 so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 843-410-6103 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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