How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Broad Ripple 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 Indianapolis. This commonly happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Broad Ripple a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks 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 create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To prevent this problem, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Broad Ripple Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 317-527-0271 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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