How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

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

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Austin. This typically 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 let water constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try thawing 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 crack or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To avert this problem, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

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 having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 512-596-1257 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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