How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Strand Brothers Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Austin. This usually takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are typically caused by 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 create a leak or a break. To avert this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Strand Brothers Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 512-596-1257 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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