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 dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. D&K Home Services by Enercare is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Belleville. This commonly takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give D & K Home Services a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water piping cracks 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 lines and result in a leak or a break. To avert this situation, confirm 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 have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call D&K Home Services by Enercare so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 613-707-2421 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.