How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving tables, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Donelson 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

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Nashville. This typically occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Donelson Air a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave 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 avoid this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Donelson Air Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 615-953-9885 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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