How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, family congregated around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Rob's Albertan Service Experts is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Edmonton. This commonly occurs when high water pressure from the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give Rob's Albertan a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avert this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 780-800-9047 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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