How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, friends gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Tulsa. 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 slightly open to make sure the water can continually flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from breaking. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water line openings or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, 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, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this issue altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 918-212-8927 to be sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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