Cold Weather and Clogged Drains

Winters can impact the plumbing of your house in several ways, especially when the temperature outside goes below freezing point. You can face issues such as frozen pipes. In such weather conditions, drain cleaning can be a difficult task. If you are aware of the potential threats that winter has on the plumbing of your residence, you can take preventive measures to keep them at bay. 


At Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists, we strive to provide our clients with quality services. We are a family-owned business, helping both businesses and homeowners with drain cleaning. We provide scheduled routine inspections and maintenance.

How to Fix Clogging Issues

  • Clogging in septic tank

Clogged washrooms or septic tanks may cause a foul smell in the vicinity. In case of a septic tank clog, multiple drains get clogged at the same time. Your bathtub, shower, toilet and floor drains, start operating slowly. If this happens, things can get difficult. Call a professional immediately in case of such emergencies. You can avoid this from reoccurring by not disposing items such as cotton swabs and diapers through the pipes.

  • Clogging in the vent pipe
You may have to face problems with your vent pipes during winters if more than one drain clogs in your house or commercial space at the same time. Multiple plumbing fixtures are connected to your vent pipes and they vent sewer gases from the drain pipes. This allows fresh air to flow through the pipes. If ice accumulates inside the vent pipes and clogs them, the drain connected to the blocked pipes may also get clogged.
  • Clogging in the drainpipe
The drain pipes of your house might clog due to debris such as scum, hair or soap. They might eventually block the passage for the water to flow and drain. Make sure that you don’t down wash cooking oil into the sink drain as they tend to create clogs. Under cold weather conditions, the grease or oil hardens in the drain pipes, clogging your pipes.
  • Frozen pipes
If water freezes inside a pipe, it will expand and the pipe will inevitably crack. When water expands into ice within a pipe, it can cause an increase in water pressure. A blockage of this kind can produce immoderate pressure in the whole system, which can cause pipe failure. Higher places such as crawl spaces, attics and garages are prone to frozen pipe emergencies. This can ultimately cause a lot of problems in your house, which can be expensive to repair. To avoid frozen pipes, you can install pipes in an insulated space or let faucets drip during extreme weather conditions to prevent them from bursting. If you notice slower water flow during winters, you should get a commercial drain cleaning done.
  • Thawing pipes
You can thaw out your drain pipes or vent pipes to restore its regular operating system. Don’t try to apply direct flame, such as a blowtorch, on a frozen pipe. Extreme temperatures can cause the pipe to split and cause further damage. You can instead heat the frozen and clogged pipe with a hair dryer or wrap it with towels soaked in hot water. If you think your drainpipes are frozen, try pouring some boiling hot water down the drain. That will clear away the ice blockage.

Take necessary steps to avoid the hassle caused by clogged pipes. If you need some expert advice or want to get your pipes checked, do not hesitate to call a professional. Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists can help you with drain cleaning, renovations or sump pumps. Have an emergency? Contact us today!
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