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Drains Are For Life, Not Just For Winter – Tips To Keep Your Drain In Tip Top Condition

Sinkhole leading to a drain

 

As discussed in last month’s article, the extreme British weather can have a major impact on the plumbing in your home and can see drains become blocked, flooded or burst under the pressure. This article will focus on how you can look after your drains throughout the year to help prepare them for the extreme winter weather, avoiding costly repairs at a time when money may be particularly tight.

 

Prevent your pipes from freezing

As temperatures plummet throughout the January and February months, putting the correct preventative measures in place will help stop your pipes from freezing. Expansion of icy water inside your pipework can cause cracks, so leaving your heating on a low temperature overnight will ensure the water continues to flow throughout the system and will not freeze.

 

Defrost pipes if the water inside has frozen

In some cases, the water inside the pipes may have already frozen, so rather than switching on your central heating (as this can cause the pipe to expand and crack), a gentle defrosting method – such as using towels soaked in warm water – needs to be applied.

 

Insulation

The thermal capabilities of certain insulation materials can protect pipework in lofts or attics from freezing, as well as improving the overall efficiency of the system.

 

Blockages

Blockages inside your drains are not only a nuisance, they can also cause a great deal of damage to your pipework which, in turn, leads to costly repairs.

 

The cold winter weather can cause any traces of grease, oil or fat inside your drains to harden, so pouring boiling or hot water down them will remove any minor blockages before they become a larger, expensive problem.

 

Stopcock

A fully functioning plumbing system will reduce the risk of your drains freezing during the chilly winter months. In preparation for an emergency, you must make sure that your stopcock is easily accessible and is in full working order. Flooding can cause major damage to your home and cost thousands of pounds to repair, so we recommend the water is turned off before it has the chance to flood and burst your pipes.

 

Regular drainage maintenance checks by a professional company will keep your drains working at optimal performance for longer. Here at Clearfirst, we provide a drain maintenance service to keep drains in fully functional condition, not just over winter but throughout the year. We also provide a thorough repairs service if your property is suffering from broken or collapsed drains, so they are restored back to top working order in next to no time. So, if you are searching for drain maintenance or drain repairs in Derby, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.

 

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