How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. R & M Climate Control Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Knoxville. This usually happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to let water continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give R & M Climate Control 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 commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avert this situation, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 865-229-6176 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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