How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Orangutan Home Services is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Tempe. 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 constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Orangutan Home Services a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause significant damage to your home. Water pipe leaks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and create 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Orangutan Home Services so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 602-906-0111 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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