Now that the temperatures have dropped and winter has well and truly arrived, it’s time for a friendly reminder to check the health of your drains.
Winter maintenance is crucial to stop the weather from blocking, flooding or bursting your pipes, avoiding you costly repairs.
Cleaning your drains
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 can help remove any minor blockages before they become a larger, expensive problem.
There are lots of store-bought drain cleaning products that can be used, however they are often full of nasty chemicals and can do more harm than good. The best course of action is to contact a drainage expert who can carry out a jet blast of your drains to get them flowing properly. No chemicals needed!
Trees are another important thing to keep on top of in winter. Before you know it it will be spring and they will start growing like mad again.
Tree roots, particularly on properties in the Hutt Valley, are one of the top causes of pipe breakages. Their roots naturally grow toward sewer lines because of the water, nutrients and oxygen they hold. When a root finds a leak, it will quickly grow into the pipe and inhibit the flow of waste, causing blockages, broken pipes and other serious headaches.
Leslie Drain Clearing has an electric eel that is good for snipping away any offending roots, nipping them in the bud, so to speak, before they cause any problems. If you think you have any trees planted near your drains then we’d highly recommend you consider this! It’s way cheaper to send the eel down than it is to have to dig up pipes and replace them.
Clearing gutters and picking up leaves
Most trees should have dropped their leaves by now – though in saying that – we have a few fruit trees at home that are still holding on to theirs! But anyway, while leaves don’t generally cause big issues in drains, they can when in excess where they group and block the flow of water. An easy fix is to clear them from any drain entry points – including gutters.
Happy winter and give us a call if you have any questions! Unblock your drains in 1 easy step