How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Sharonville. This typically takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn 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 work, give Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this problem, ensure 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 have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 859-905-0834 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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