5 Drainage Checks You Can Make This Winter
The winter months are not far away, and it’s at this time of the year you should be checking the domestic systems in your home to make sure they are not vulnerable to the upcoming colder weather. In particular, your drainage system needs to be in top condition to keep performing for you throughout the season.
We take drains for granted. They are there to take the wastewater out of our homes, and they do so all the time. Yet there can be problems with drains that may lead to expensive damage. Pipes may be old and in need of replacement. Or, you may have a blockage that is preventing the drainage system from working properly.
Then there are the parts of the system within the house that may need regular servicing and checks. We want to give you five useful tips for preparing your drains for the winter months. While this is not a comprehensive list, these are important checks that should get you started, so let’s move on!
Check Your Stop Valve
What is the stop valve? It’s a tap that allows water into your home plumbing system. It is vital that you know where your stop valve is in case you experience problems with your drainage and plumbing. In many homes the stop valve can be found under the kitchen sink.
It will have some sort of ‘handle’ which you rotate to stop water from entering the system. This is vital should you see flooding in the home. In some homes the stop valve will be outdoors, perhaps under an inspection pit cover. Make sure you know where yours is and check regularly that it moves freely as they can corrode.
Book a Professional Drain Inspection
It is wise to book a local drain inspection company for Kent and Surrey to perform a detailed professional inspection of your drainage system. This involves the use of a camera probe and CCTV monitor. A professional operator will be able to look for blockages, damage to your pipes, corrosion, and other problems that can impair the performance of your drainage system.
Blocked or damaged drains can lead to flooding and other problems that lead to more expense. Get in touch now for a free quote for drain inspection and stay on the safe side.
Ensure Exposed Pipes are Insulated
This one should need no explanation, yet it’s amazing how many homes have older and inefficient insulation on their pipes and water tanks. We’re talking inside the home as well as for those external pipes. The loft – where your water tank likely sits – will be cold in winter, so not only should you insulate the tank, but the loft itself.
Insulation can be found at a good hardware shop and is easy to install, but if you wish you can get a professional in to do the job. Either way, check all your vulnerable and exposed pipes and tanks are suitably insulated before winter arrives.
Check and Clear Outdoor Drains and Inspection Covers
You will have outdoor drains with grills over the top. These gather leaves and other debris and should be kept clear. Check them regularly and make sure nothing is obstructing the entry point. This is essential as standing water that is not draining away can cause additional problems and potential damage.
Also, make sure that inspection covers are not damaged and replace those that are, and while you’re doing so, check the drains for debris and damage. It is surprising how easily these can become blocked and prevent the necessary flow of drainage water.
Always Flush Your Kitchen Sink
One of the most-used items in your home, the kitchen sink includes a pipe that drains away wastewater into the drainage system. The walls of this pipe will quickly become lined with debris from the crockery you are cleaning. This reduces the capacity of the pipe and will eventually lead to blockages and draining inefficiently.
It is recommended that, after every use, you run the tap for a minute or so and effectively rinse the inside of the pipe. This will keep it effective and efficient throughout not only the winter, but the rest of the year.
We hope the above tips have given you a head start in your quest to ensure your drainage and plumbing is ready for the winter which is a mere few weeks away. Follow the above and look up other sources for more advice on this important subject.