During the chilly winter months, drainage systems, both inside and outside your home, face a myriad of challenges. Winter’s cold grip can wreak havoc on the pipes and other components of the drainage system. Here’s a closer look at the main issues:
1. Impact of Cold on Pipes:
Temperature Thresholds: Pipes generally have a tolerance threshold of about -6 degrees Celsius. Exposure to temperatures below this threshold can lead to the pipes becoming brittle, increasing the risk of breakage.
Signs of Frozen Pipes: Some indicators include frost formation on pipe exteriors, lack of water flow from taps, and odd odors emanating from drains.
2. Water’s Unique Behavior:
3. Winter Draining Challenges:
Clogs: During winter, substances like grease can harden inside pipes, leading to obstructions.
Melting Snow and Ice: The melting of snow and ice can significantly increase water flow through drains. Properly maintained and clear drains are crucial during this phase to handle the increased volume of water.
While understanding the basics of drain unblocking is beneficial, some issues are best addressed by professionals for both safety and efficacy.
1. Understand the Freezing Pattern:
2. Using Portable Space Heaters:
3. Addressing Gaps and Cracks:
4. Insulation is Key:
5. Maintain a Warm Environment:
6. Address Dripping Taps:
If you’re ever in doubt about addressing a drainage issue, it’s always recommended to consult a professional. They possess the expertise to not only address the current issue but also to diagnose and rectify the root cause of the problem.
IN CONCLUSION: Winter presents its own set of challenges for drainage systems. However, with a proactive approach and timely intervention, many of these issues can be circumvented. Should you face significant drainage issues or require specialised attention, don’t hesitate to reach out to our drainage experts at Ableforce Services on 0330 122 0076 or drop an email at email@example.com