During the fall season there are a number of steps a homeowner can take to prepare their home for winter. New York can have long and very cold winters which effect the home inside and outside. One major aspect to a home that requires some preparation is the drainage and sewer system. As we begin this fall season now is the time to prepare your drainage and sewer system for winter. The Original $49.95 Plumber will share what you can do to prepare your home sewer and drainage system for this winter season.
Unclog All Drains
Before winter it is recommended to unclog all of the drains in the home. You will want to check each drain and make sure there is no hair or other substances in the drain that can cause slow drainage or possible clogs. It is important to remove any clog in the drain as the cold ice can cause greater build up. You will want to clear out anything within reach. There are a number of different tools that can help clean the drains. After cleaning out the clogs at the front of the drains, turn on the water and make sure the water flows easily down the drain. If the water builds up, even for a second, there is deeper clogs in the pipe.
Clean Drain Pipe Build Up
After unclogging the drain you will want to have the drains cleaned and cleared out. It is recommended to seek out a professional drain cleaning service. They can clean out the drain, removing all clogs deeper in the pipe and clear out the smaller particles. After the drains have been professionally cleaned you will want to perform a monthly cleaning using baking soda and vinegar. The drain pipes must be kept clean and allow all of the water to flow out. If any water is partially trapped in the pipe, it can freeze and the ice will expand and break the pipe. A number of broken pipes occur in winter due to this reason. It is essential to make sure the drains are clean to prevent broken pipes and flooding within the home.
Sewer Line Cleanout
The sewer line is the final exit point for all of the drains in the home. All of the water waste from showers, the kitchen sink and the toilet will flow down to the sewer line. Sewer lines are highly at risk for clogs to form. Even a partial clog is serious. Again, if water builds up inside the sewer line the cold can cause ice to form and the pipe to break or burst. If there is the smallest obstruction, the sewer line is under threat. To know if the sewer line needs to be cleaned, you can always have the sewer line inspected first. If the camera picks up any anomalies in the sewer, then have the sewer line cleaned.
Additional Tips to Prevent Drains from Freezing
Before winter you may also want to cover exterior pipes with insulation to prevent them from freezing up. When washing dishes use cold water and not warm. Warm water can allow oils and grease to build up inside the pipes easier. Keep drains covered to prevent hair and food particles from going down the drain. This helps prevent clogs.
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