How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year brings so much joy – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Stevenson Service Experts is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Columbus. This typically takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Stevenson Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the issue. 

Broken Water Line 

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avert this issue, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive. 

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 Stevenson Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this problem altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 614-334-3192 or schedule online to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter. 

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