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How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much joy – cute 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 freezing temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some 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 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 slightly open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. 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 professional plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines 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 Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this problem altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 289-813-5566 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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