How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Barlow Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for the Wasatch Front region. This usually takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Barlow Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to examine the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe openings or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following 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 avoid this issue, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Barlow Service Experts so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 801-436-8985 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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