How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Commercial HVAC is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Toronto. This commonly happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to let water continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Service Experts Commercial HVAC a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are usually 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 cause a leak or a break. To prevent this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC so we can send out a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 289-201-2346 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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