Winter Drain Care
Let’s face it, how often do we think of the drainage systems throughout the interior and exterior of our homes. We probably don’t give our drains a moment’s thought until there is a problem and when we do encounter problems, they can become an expensive emergency. Freezing temperatures, ice, snow and winter leaf debris all put a great deal of stress on your drainage systems.
There are several ways to help keep your drainage flowing efficiently during the winter months and prevent nuisance blocked drains.
Take a walk around your property
Look at the drainage system in its entirety.
Clear any leaf debris and soil around the outside of your property that is potentially stopping water flowing to drains and soakaways.
If possible, check under drain grills and soakaways slots for leaves, moss and algae as any debris stops or slows the flow of water and can block a drain in no time at all.
Gutters and downpipes need to be cleared and flushed to enable rain to flow to your drains and not pour down onto your property’s walls. Blocked gutters can create a damp issue within your home. Take care if you are going to clear your own gutters as ladders, balancing and buckets can be deadly combination.
Keeping your drains clear of debris will help to stop surface flooding and damage to your home in a heavy downpour.
Check for any broken pipework, cracks and splits only get worse when the temperature changes.
If you are not confident in undertaking any of these jobs or feel you would benefit from knowing that your drainage system has been thoroughly inspected by professionals, please do not hesitate to call Royal Flush Drainage to arrange for one of our friendly experts to visit your property. Our team also provide full gutter cleaning services for those hard-to-reach areas.
Where’s my stopcock?
Do you know where your stopcock is? If not, now is the time to find it. If the worse should happens and you need to shut off the water in your home, you’ll need to be able to get to it fast.
Stopcocks are generally not often used and therefore can corrode, leak or get stuck. It is a good idea to open and close it a few times every now and again to ensure that it is working freely and without issue.
Keep the heating on low
Although the cost of gas has probably made the thought of keeping your central heating on constantly a scary notion, it can really help keep your pipes from freezing. Keeping at a low but constant temperature is beneficial and depending on your boiler, a low constant heat can cost less than infrequent heating boosts. Turning your radiators up high from freezing can lead to burst pipes.
If possible, lag (or insulate) any pipes that are likely to freeze. Think about pipes in lofts, conservatories and anywhere the temperature dips considerably. Be sure to insulate water tanks in the loft to prevent freezing.
If you think that you may have a frozen pipe, thaw this out slowly with hot water bottles or towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a naked flame or blowtorch as this can cause damage to the pipes.
Maintenance is key
It is always advisable to get any issues regarding drainage repaired sooner rather than later. Water expands when it freezes and when it does, it creates pressure. Too much pressure will inevitably exploit any weak spots in your drain pipes causing cracks and leaks.
For further advice or assistance on drain maintenance call our friendly, knowledgeable team at Royal Flush Drainage. We can carry out in-depth drainage inspections and advise you of your drain health. If there’s any areas of concern we’ll provide an affordable, effective quote on resolving the issue.