How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. TML Service Experts is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Boise. This commonly takes place when high water pressure through the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet somewhat open to allow water to continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to stop the pipe from breaking. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give TML a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping 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 after a freeze, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and create a leak or a break. To avert this situation, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

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, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call TML Service Experts so we can send out an expert plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 208-488-4892 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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