How to Prepare Your Drains for the Midlands Winter
The midlands winter is well underway, with storms and cold weather potentially affecting your drains. Frost, snow, ice and debris from fallen leaves and branches can all cause drainage issues during the colder months. This can lead to damage to your pipework, causing water (or worse) to back up.
Everyone’s pipes and drainage systems are vulnerable to these conditions, from residential to commercial premises. It’s important to keep your drainage system working well throughout winter. To help, here are our top tips for winter drain maintenance to help your drainage system cope with the Midlands winter this year:
Avoid frozen pipes
Be aware of frozen pipes during very cold weather. When it’s frozen on the ground, pipework above the ground is vulnerable to freezing as well. Poorly insulated lofts, exposed pipes and external taps are the most at risk from icy temperatures.
If you turn on a tap and no water flows, and temperatures are at or below freezing outside, consider the possibility of a frozen pipe. Since water expands when it freezes, this can lead to cracks forming in your pipes, and leaks when the pipes thaw. You can use gentle heat like an electric hair dryer or heater to thaw a frozen pipe. It’s important to do this gradually and with caution.
As always, prevention is better than a cure. Insulating exposed or vulnerable popes for winter is the best way to avoid them becoming frozen in the first place. Also, make sure you deal with dripping taps or pipes immediately; Dripping water is liable to freeze.
Are you leaving your property for a holiday or time away with family over the festive season? Make sure you leave your heating on low so as to prevent pipes freezing should we experience very cold conditions.
Avoid blocked drains in winter
Autumn and winter are the seasons where you’re most likely to find leaves and fallen twigs and branches blocking your drains. When a blockage backs up it can result in an overflow situation. It’s important that you keep outside drains clear from leaves and other debris from surrounding trees and bushes. Doing this on a regular basis can prevent this debris from entering your drainage system and causing a build-up and blockage.
It’s also really important to be on top of what you are personally introducing into your drainage system from inside your home. Dispose of cooking fats and food debris responsibly. Put fat in containers and throw it away with your household waste, rather than pouring it down the drain. Winter is all about comfort food, roasts and stews, but the fat from meat cooked in these meals can congeal in your pipework. This cause a build-up of fat that mixes with other debris to form a blockage.
Book a drain inspection by the Midlands’s drain experts
The first element of ensuring the health of your drains over the winter period is to know what you’re dealing with. Check your pipes, gutters and downpipes are free of any obvious debris you can deal with yourself. Then call in our expert drain inspectors to inspect your drains and make sure you’re in the clear from any drainage problems this winter. We can use techniques like CCTV drain surveys to diagnose problems and clear them then and there.
For advice on blocked drains and drain maintenance in the Midlands, contact us.