How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year arrives with so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, family together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the magic of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole medley of plumbing problems. Matz-Rightway is here with a few preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Long Island. This typically happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet a little open to let water constantly flow through. If you do find a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are usually because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To avert this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Matz-Rightway so we can send out an expert plumber to figure out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, make sure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 631-406-9220 to be sure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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