How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. McKinley Heating Service Experts is here with some 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 usually happens 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 continuously flow through. If you do find 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 fails, give McKinley Heating Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A leak 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 keep 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 problem, 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 operating 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 everything looks right, call McKinley Heating Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best 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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