How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, friends 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 lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

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

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water line openings 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 lines 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 working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, ensure 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 prevent this issue altogether, be 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 with cold water this winter.

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