How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Becht/Givens Service Experts is here with a couple preventative measures to help you lower your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Louisville. This usually takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that fails, give Becht/Givens Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To prevent 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 working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Becht/Givens Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid 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 502-785-8230 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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