How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Midland Air 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 Columbia. This commonly happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters 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 find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and create 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 operating as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 803-399-7208 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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