How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Epperson Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize 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 in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Epperson 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 caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water lines 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 working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Epperson Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 843-619-3781 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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