How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Church Services is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Houston. This typically occurs 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 make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Church Services a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Church Services so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this problem altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 713-396-3760 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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