If you have a plumbing emergency, call Lafayette Mechanical
Winter’s icy conditions outside are bad enough, but once the cold weather starts to effect your plumbing, you’re in trouble. Here are some common winter plumbing problems to be aware of as the temperature continues to plummet towards the single digits and into the negative.
Failing Hot Water Systems
Failing hot water systems can become an issue especially when it’s cold outside. Seems everyone in the family would like to take a nice hot shower to warm up from the cold. Spreading out showers between people and allowing the water heater to warm itself up again for the next person to shower, causes a lot of stress on your hot water heater. Wear and tear, over the years, your appliances fail to work as they did when you first purchased them. Call Lafayette Mechanical Services if your having trouble with your water heater this winter.
Un-insulated pipes are another winter plumbing problem. Pipes that aren’t insulated tend to freeze if the conditions are right. In colder temperatures, water pipes need to be kept relatively warm and protected so that the water inside doesn’t freeze and cause the pipe to break. Foam padded sleeves or special insulation tape are often used to keep your pipes protected. This protection should be used especially if you have pipes that are exposed in the basement of your home.
Frozen Outdoor Spigots and Hoses
When wrapping things up in the fall, be sure to disconnect the hoses that are attached to your home. Make sure the valve is completely closed and the hose is taken off and put away. This way, there isn’t any pressure building up. The pressure that builds up could affect the faucets and internal pipes that are connected to it.
All of this could cause a water line leak or break.
One of the best things that you could do for yourself in case something should go wrong with the plumbing in your home is know where your water shut-off valve is. If you are experiencing any of these common plumbing emergencies, shut the main water valve off, and call the experts at Lafayette Mechanical. If you don’t know where the shut-off valve is or don’t have one in your home, we suggest that you learn where it is or have one put in your home in case of any emergency. Lafayette Mechanical can help with that too!
This winter, take the necessary precautions to protect your biggest investment. If the cold weather is still too much for your current plumbing, we’re just a phone call away! (765) 427-3680