How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Oklahoma City. This usually happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that fails, give Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avert this problem, confirm 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 use a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this trouble 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 405-432-2197 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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