How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – precious trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Knochelmann Service Experts 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 usually takes place when high water pressure from 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 discover 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 fails, give Knochelmann 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 serious damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and result in a leak or a break. To prevent this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Knochelmann Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 859-905-0834 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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