This time of year brings so much fun – precious trick-or-treaters, loved ones together around Thanksgiving tables, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems.
Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for San Antonio. This usually occurs when high water pressure from 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 constantly flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the issue.
Broken Water Line
A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water pipe cracks or breaks are usually because of 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, make sure 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, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air so we can send out a qualified plumber to figure out 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 210-404-4233 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.