How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Epperson 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

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Hilton Head Island. This commonly takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water piping could cause significant damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, confirm 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid 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 843-619-3781 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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