How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving tables, 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Knoxville. This usually occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to let water continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure 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 the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it 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 Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this trouble 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 865-229-6176 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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