How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems Published on November 11, 2016 This time of year comes with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of encountering these common winter plumbing problems. Frozen Pipes Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Toronto. This commonly happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe encounters freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet somewhat open to let water constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn 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 Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to inspect the issue. Broken Water Line A leak or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping leaks or breaks are usually a result of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and create 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 operating as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, confirm the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert 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 905-453-6700 to be sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.