How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with a couple preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Kansas City. This usually occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to make sure the water can constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are usually a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To prevent this problem, ensure 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, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avert this trouble altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 816-787-0500 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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