How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Indianapolis. This commonly happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Broad Ripple 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 crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave 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 cause a leak or a break. To prevent this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 317-527-0271 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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