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 congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. A1 Chesney Service Experts 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 avoid this plumbing problem, 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 keep 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 problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically 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 lines and result in a leak or a break. To prevent 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 working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have 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 so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually 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 in the cold this winter.

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