How to Winterize Outdoor Drains and Sewers

Winter snow falling on an executive home

Winter in Illinois is a beautiful time of year, but the plummeting temperatures can wreak havoc on your outdoor drains and sewers. As the cold sets in, it’s crucial to prepare your drainage system to prevent blockages and backups that could cause headaches when you least expect them.

At Reid & Pederson Drainage, we understand the importance of winter sewer maintenance to keep your drains flowing smoothly throughout the season.

Read on to lean how to winterize your outdoor drains and sewers and if you have any questions, or need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Crete drain and sewer experts!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

1. Clear Debris and Leaves

Before it gets too chilly outside, make sure that your outdoor drains are free of debris and fallen leaves. Accumulated debris can impede water flow and lead to clogs. Try using a rake or leaf blower to clear the area around the drains and help avoid blockages.

2. Inspect and Clean Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and accumulate near your drains, leading to potential issues. Make sure to clean your gutters regularly, but especially before the snow arrives, to prevent excess water flowing into your drains, ensuring they stay free and clear.

3. Protect Drainage Covers

Inspect and secure drainage covers to prevent debris from entering and causing blockages. Make sure they’re in place and intact so they can protect your drains from debris and other unwanted materials.

4. Disconnect and Store Hoses

Disconnect and store any garden hoses before the temperature drops. If you leave your hoses connected, it can lead to frozen water in the pipes, which can cause damage to both the hose and the connected outdoor faucet.

5. Insulate Outdoor Pipes

Consider insulating exposed outdoor pipes to prevent them from freezing. By using pipe insulation or heat tape to safeguard pipes against that harsh winter chill, you can help reduce the risk of blockages due to frozen pipes.

6. Schedule Professional Maintenance

For comprehensive winterization, consider scheduling professional drain and sewer maintenance with Reid & Pederson Drainage. Our experts can inspect your outdoor drains, identify potential issues, and provide tailored solutions to prevent winter-related drainage problems.

Get Help from Reid & Pederson!

Preparing your outdoor drains and sewers for winter is a proactive step to ensure a hassle-free season. By following these essential maintenance tips and seeking professional assistance when needed, you can safeguard your drainage system against blockages and backups during the colder months.

At Reid & Pederson Drainage, we’re committed to helping you in maintaining efficient drainage systems year-round. Contact us today for professional maintenance and winterization services to keep your drains flowing smoothly throughout the winter season!

South Suburbs
NW Indiana

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