How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones congregated around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. McKinley Heating Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Edmonton. This typically occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give McKinley Heating Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout following 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 avert this situation, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call McKinley Heating Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 780-800-7092 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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