How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving tables, 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 usually 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 discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t work, give Peitz 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 serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep 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 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 Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this problem altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 605-223-0307 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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