How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems Published on November 11, 2016 This time of year comes with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few 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 Salt Lake City. This usually occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to let water continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to inspect the issue. Broken Water Line A crack or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and create a leak or a break. To avert this issue, make sure 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 801-871-8425 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.