How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Calgary. This commonly takes place when high water pressure from the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give A1 Chesney Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 587-315-5271 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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