How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold 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 experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing 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 let water constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn 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 expert plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A leak or break in your water line could cause major damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you leave 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 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 operating as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it 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 figure out what’s going on. To prevent this problem 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 make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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