This time of year brings so much fun – adorable trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cool weather and freezing 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 encountering these common winter plumbing problems.
Frozen pipes are 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 allow water to continuously flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try defrosting the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that fails, give Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to look at the trouble.
Broken Water Line
A leak or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are commonly caused by a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout following 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, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.
Failing Hot Water Systems
If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use 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 an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 210-404-4233 or schedule online to make sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.
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