How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems Published on November 11, 2016 This time of year arrives with so much joy – cute trick-or-treaters, family gathered around Thanksgiving meals, and the delight of the holidays. But with the lovely comes the ugly. The cool weather and extreme temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few 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 Salt Lake City. This typically happens when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continuously flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent the pipe from bursting. Try warming the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that doesn’t solve the problem, give Mountainwest Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our professional plumbers out to examine the issue. Broken Water Line An opening or break in your water piping could cause serious damage to your home. Water piping openings or breaks are usually a result of 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 pipes and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this issue, ensure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before freezing temperatures set in. Failing Hot Water Systems If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, be sure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out a professional plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this issue altogether, be sure you are having your hot water heater serviced annually and it’s better if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 385-399-0280 to make sure you don’t get left without warm water this winter.