How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year comes with so much joy – adorable trick-or-treaters, loved ones gathered around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Coastal Service Experts is here with a few 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 Savannah. This typically happens when high water pressure through the main water pipe merges with freezing temperatures. To help keep this from occurring in your home, leave a faucet slightly open to let water constantly flow through. If you do discover a frozen pipe, disable the main water supply to prevent the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Coastal Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to examine the trouble.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping openings 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 create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, confirm 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, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Coastal Service Experts so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, ensure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s better if you service it well before winter begins. Call 912-208-2399 to ensure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.

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