How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Norrell Service Experts is here with a few 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 Birmingham. This usually happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to let water continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Norrell Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are typically a result of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water pipes and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Norrell Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, be sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 205-267-0023 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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