This time of year brings so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Broad Ripple Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.
Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Indianapolis. This usually happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Broad Ripple Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the problem.
Broken Water Line
A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following 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 avoid this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.
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 use a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Broad Ripple Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 317-527-0271 or schedule online to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.
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