How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Peitz Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Pierre. This typically takes place when high water pressure in the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Peitz a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and create a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Peitz Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 605-223-0307 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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