The winter months are a time of unpredictability. It could be a mild winter with light snow, or it may feel like the snow will never stop falling with extremely frigid temperatures. Winter brings specific concerns when it comes to the drains both inside and outside of your home. In the winter, there are a few specific drainage problems that you should keep an eye out for.
When the temperatures drop, it is important to make sure the pipes of your home are protected. Any pipes leading outside should be fully shut off. If your pipes aren’t insulated, especially in colder areas such as the basement, you may want to consider this option. In instances of severe cold, it is helpful to leave a pipe open at a small drip. This keeps the water moving and prevents it from freezing inside. Frozen or burst pipes can be a common winter issue, but they are also expensive.
Sump Pump Issues
Your sump pump works hard to remove excess water from your basement and around your foundation. You want to keep an eye on your system to protect it from possible burnout if it has to work too hard. Make sure your system is ready for the fluctuating water levels that are a common occurrence in the winter months.
Outside Drainage System
In the winter, your eavestroughs and downspouts must be in good condition. This ensures that meltwater won’t leak into your basement or compromise your foundation. The foundation of your home is important, being proactive about water and moisture damage can save you in the future.
Handling Winter Drainage Issues
When proactive, you can protect your home from several possible winter damages. It is important to have your pipes winter-ready. If you are experiencing any drainage problems, don’t wait. You can contact Columbia Drain Co for all your winter drainage needs.