How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems Published on November 11, 2016 This time of year brings so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the magic of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here with some preventative measures to help you minimize your chance of experiencing these common winter plumbing problems. Frozen Pipes Your pipes becoming frozen is a common plumbing problem for Kitchener. This typically takes place 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 constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with heated water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Hammond Plumbing a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the problem. Broken Water Line A leak or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are typically because of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water piping and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures. Failing Hot Water Systems If your hot water heater is not functioning as well as expected, verify that the temperature is set high enough. If you own a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything looks right, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating so we can send out a qualified plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before cooler temperatures arrive. Call 519-894-3222 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.