How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – cute trick-or-treaters, family congregated 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 mess of plumbing problems. Norrell Service Experts is here with some preventative measures to help you lower your chance of experiencing 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 slightly open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Norrell a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the trouble.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are commonly a result of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and result in 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 functioning as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own 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 a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, make sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 205-267-0023 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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