How Winter Weather Can Cause Drain and Sewer WoesPosted By: Janine Ketterer
Winter weather brings a unique set of drain and sewer challenges, particularly when it comes to clogged drains. While we know better than to wash oil and grease down our drains, accidents sometimes happen. Cold weather exacerbates these issues, leading to fully stopped-up sinks or showers. Pipes collect various debris, including hair, soap scum, or cooking substances. These can stiffen, solidify, or combine with frozen water in cold weather, resulting in severe blockages.
Frozen lines, like those in your kitchen sink, are a common and inconvenient plumbing problem during winter. However, there are steps you can take to prevent them. When faced with winter clogs, a simple home remedy is to pour boiling water down the affected drain to thaw the obstruction. This can sometimes provide immediate relief. However, it's wise to let a professional look for persistent or recurrent clogs. Zoom Drain is available 24/7, 365, so no matter the time of day or weather conditions, we can help clear your drains and ensure your life keeps flowing.
To avoid clogged drains and additional plumbing issues, consider the following tips:
1. Avoid putting grease, fat, oil, bones, coffee grounds, and similar items down the garbage disposal. These are common clog culprits and should be disposed of in the trash instead.
2. Running ice through your garbage disposal can help keep the system clean and functioning correctly. It’s a simple yet effective way to maintain your disposal unit.
3. Always run cold water while using your garbage disposal and continue to run it for 15 to 30 seconds afterward. This practice helps to flush out any remaining debris, reducing the chance of clogs.
Following these tips can significantly reduce the risk of winter-related drain problems. And remember, for stubborn issues, call in the experts at Zoom Drain, who can ensure that your plumbing remains in top condition throughout the cold season.
For more information or to book an appointment with a Zoom Drain technician, call 1-866-Call-Zoom or fill out the form here.