How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

This time of year brings so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The winter weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems. 

Frozen Pipes 

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Philadelphia. This commonly happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet a little open to allow water to constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 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 cracks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To avert 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 working as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, ensure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 215-259-5850 or schedule online to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.