Winter drains advice
The frost, snow and cold weather can take a huge toll on your drains and plumbing systems during the winter, often causing a large amount of damage if things go wrong.
One of the key things to remember during the winter is that if the flow of water in your drains is inhibited at any point, it’s far more likely to block. To reduce this risk, it’s a good idea to ensure the drains are kept as free from debris as possible.
This means regularly clearing leaves, twigs and other debris from the gutters and gullies and using a grate of some sort to cover any open gullies. It’s also important to watch what you pour down the drains. Substances like cooking fat and grease can easily congeal in the pipes and cause blockages.
Avoid frozen pipes.
Frozen pipes can be an absolute nightmare during the winter months and are liable to burst. If the water flow appears restricted at any point on its journey, it’s a good indication that there is a frozen blockage somewhere.
If you’re expecting very cold weather, any pipes that are exposed to the elements, whether they are outside or found in your home, should be insulated properly with pipe lagging and heat tape. You can also regularly pour a little hot water down your sinks in order to remove any build-up of fats, oils and grease in the pipes.