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Common Winter Plumbing Problems And How To Avoid Them

Posted on November 13, 2013 by admin

Winter may be the most magical time of the year, but it can wreak havoc on your plumbing. Freezing temperatures and temperamental weather are unavoidable at this time of year but with plumbing supplies from Hilton Heating Components you’re sure to be in safe hands. Here’s our list of the most common winter plumbing problems and how you can keep your property protected:

Burst Exterior Pipes

Burst pipes are arguably the biggest problem for households come December. Exposed pipes are likely to freeze when the temperatures plummet, which causes the water inside to freeze, expand and burst the pipe. Luckily, there are tell-tale signs that your water is freezing; keep an eye on your water pressure, if there are signs that it is restricted you should call a professional immediately to check your pipes.

Frozen Kitchen Pipes

Your kitchen pipes are essential throughout the year and when problems arise it can cause you more than a small headache. Kitchen sinks are usually located near outside walls, more often than not in front of windows, which can cause them to freeze when the temperatures drop. By opening the doors to the cabinet underneath your sink you can allow the warm air from your home to flow inside, which will heat the pipes and help prevent them from freezing. By insulating your pipes you can also give them an extra layer of protection from the elements.

Broken Down Water Heater

Hot water is, of course, essential all year round, and our water heaters work extra hard during the colder months. Sediment build up is the most common cause of a heater breakdown so be sure to check inside every so often, if you notice any build up simply flush the tank and shut it down for a short time.

At Hilton Heating Components we have everything you need to ensure premium quality plumbing, whatever the weather. For second to none plumbing supplies or more information about our heating and plumbing services get in touch today on 01954 211 867 to speak to a member of our team.