How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the enchantment of the holidays. But with the good comes the bad. The winter weather and freezing temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Stark Services is here with some preventative measures to help you decrease your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.


Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Fort Worth. This commonly happens when high water pressure in 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 continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to keep the pipe from rupturing. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Stark Services a call and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to inspect the issue.

Broken Water Line

A crack or break in your water piping could cause major damage to your home. Water piping cracks or breaks are commonly because of a frozen garden hose. If you keep your hose connected to your water spout during extreme temperatures, the ice inside can force pressure to build up in your home’s water lines and result in a leak or a break. To prevent this issue, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

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 use a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If these aren’t the cause of your hot water issues, call Stark Services so we can send out a professional plumber to evaluate what’s going on. To avert this issue altogether, ensure you are scheduling yearly hot water heater maintenance and it’s ideal if you service it well before winter begins. Call 817-668-6689 to make sure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.