How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Kitchener. This usually takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water line cracks 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 cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avert this problem, ensure 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, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 519-804-1617 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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