How To Look After Your Drains During The Cold Weather
As the temperature plunges and the streets are covered in ice, you’ve probably not given a lot of thought to anything other than snuggling up in front of the fire to keep warm!
However, the winter months can take their toll on drains and if you’re not careful you could end up with a problem at the most inconvenient time of year.
In subzero conditions, water can freeze in the drains causing permanent damage such as cracking which you might not notice until the temperature rises.
The good news is that there’s a few things you can do to look after your drains even in the most Arctic weather conditions; here’s some ideas.
Stay Toasty Warm
Just like you, your drains and pipes don’t like to get too cold so keeping them as warm as possible is a good idea.
Keeping the heating on can help to ensure the warmth circulates through the pipes, reducing the risk of freezing.
To keep costs down and the warmth in, getting your pipes lagged and insulated is a good investment. This prevents valuable heat from escaping and will keep them well protected even in the coldest of weathers.
Disconnect Your Hosepipe
Having a hosepipe connected to a tap in the garden can be a very convenient option, but in cold weather it could end up damaging your whole drainage system.
If you think about picking up a hosepipe, there’s nearly always a short dribble of water waiting to drip out even before you turn the tap on. This is because hosepipes are notorious for retaining water and it can back up into the tap and the pipework.
When this residual water freezes, it can end up causing damage but it’s easy to prevent. Just disconnect your hosepipe from the tap and there’s no chance of the frozen water backing up into the pipes.
Clear Your Drains
Even if you have a drain grate to catch rubbish and debris, you’ll still need to look after your outdoor drains to prevent them from becoming blocked or damaged.
Leaves, twigs and other organic material can make their way down into the drains if not cleared away, causing a blockage. As the water then is flushed down the pipes it can become trapped and then freeze overnight, cracking and causing serious damage to the drains.
Companies such as C&C Drainage offer expert services in Liverpool and the north west and can help to keep your drains clean, preventing debris from building up.
Take Care This Winter
If you need drain cleaning, Liverpool based company CC Drainage can offer expert services that can help you to keep everything running smoothly during the colder months.