Keeping your pipes flowing and drains clear of debris is always important but it’s especially so when the weather is very cold. Blocked drains cause water to back up. If it then freezes, it expands so not only would this block the pipe, it could cause pipes to burst or crack.
Also, when there’s a big freeze or snow, when that melts there will be an excess of water and if it cannot flow down drains properly it can flood outdoor areas.
The best advice would be not to wait until you have a problem but to check your drains regularly in order to avoid blockages. These are all useful things to do to keep your drains flowing properly and avoid them clogging up in freezing weather:
During winter we can expect temperatures to drop to freezing or below at any time so taking the above precautions is something that we all need to take responsibility for. If you do notice a blockage that you cannot clear yourself then we would urge you to call a drainage specialist out as soon as possible to avoid the situation being worsened if it gets very cold. (Blocked drains can cause other issues anyway, such as water backing up or blockages further into pipes where they’re much harder to access).
We can help with all drainage issues, from replacing grates to using leak detection technology to investigate and clear blockages. Call us on 0800 032 6478 or send us a message using the form to the right.
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