How To Get Your Pipes Ready for a Minneapolis Winter
Winter, especially in Minneapolis, can be hard on pipes. Pipes may not burst where the freeze occurs, but between the frozen points and the closure of the pipe due the pressure, this builds up to the point that the pipes can explode. Insulating the pipes can help keep them from freezing and possibly bursting, causing you unfortunate expenses that could be avoided. Keeping the faucet dripping a tiny bit can help relieve the pressure. Because of this, even if your pipes freeze they will most likely not burst. Opening all of your cabinets with sinks in them can help the pipes to get more heat and will help them to not freeze as much. Adding insulation to basements, attics, and crawl spaces will help to trap heat in these areas that usually get very cold.
Before winter is a good time to get your annual drain cleaning. It is more difficult to fix pipes and any problem becomes more difficult in the winter due to cold and frozen pipes. Because of this, it is best to clean out any debris or possible clogs before winter so you are not stuck with any built up waste or debris in your piping system. When pipes become clogged, everything falls apart fairly quickly. A clogged drain can cause slow drainage or standing water that may not drain at all. The property may become flooded through the toilets, sinks, shower, or other commercial drains with sewage, wastewater, or other waste material if not fixed. This becomes a health hazard since clogged debris and sewage often contain harmful bacteria, mold, and diseases.
Drain cleaning should be an annual job as a preventative measure so your pipes continue to run smoothly. This measure will save you money in the long term since it will cause your drains to be more efficient, last longer, and serve you better.
Removing a partial clog is safer and easier on your pipes, especially in the winter. If you notice slow drainage, it should be addressed and cleaned as soon as possible. Many people will turn to chemical cleaners to take care of the problem, but these can actually cause even more damage since they only work on minor clogs and can damage the pipes. The chemicals will eventually eat through the piping materials, costing you more than is absolutely necessary since they will then have to be repaired or replaced.
Drain cleaning is easy, quick, and affordable and now is the time to do it. First, they will conduct a sewer camera inspection to see what the problem is. Then, through a process called hydro jetting, our professionals will restore the power of a clean drain. Hot water is blasted through your pipe, pushing the clog forward and reverse jets of water at high pressure will then get rid of clogs in any type of pipe. This will remove any clogs, sludge on the side of the pipe, or buildup without damaging the pipe. Our specialists use only the latest technology and systems, and you will be amazed at how much more efficient your pipe will become and how much money drain cleaning saves you in the long run.
One of the best ways to prepare for the harsh winter season is to know the possible risks and to make sure your pipes are functioning to the best of their ability before the cold comes.