How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for San Antonio. This usually occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe combines with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to make sure the water can continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Aramendia Plumbing a call and we’ll send one of our qualified 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 pipe cracks or breaks are usually caused by a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout after 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 avert this issue, confirm 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out what’s going on. To prevent this problem altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 210-404-4233 to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.