How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year arrives with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Philadelphia. This commonly happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to let water continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the issue. 

Broken Water Line 

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and create a leak or a break. To avert 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, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 215-259-5850 or schedule online to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter. 

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