How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Robinson Service Experts is here with a few preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Waukegan. This usually occurs when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from bursting. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Robinson Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water pipe could cause serious 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 lines and result in a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Robinson Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 847-306-8730 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.