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How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Abbey Air Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Oakville. This commonly occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to let water constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Abbey Air Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Abbey Air Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this problem altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 289-813-5566 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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