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 magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Komfort Air is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Charlotte. This typically takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe encounters 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 find a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t work, give Komfort Air a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause significant damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avert this situation, confirm 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 own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Komfort Air so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 704-705-8135 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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