Is Your Sewer Drain Winter-Ready?

Winter-preparedness is a must for more than just your car. Your sewer drain also needs seasonal maintenance in order to prevent potential problems when temperatures dip below zero. Whether you have a residential or commercial drain, a thorough inspection and cleaning will allow you to avert costly damage to your home or business. At Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists, we perform cleanings and inspections that ensure your sewer drains can stand up to the harsh winter conditions Calgary experiences every year.

Why the cold’s a problem for sewer drains

Sewer drains are more vulnerable come winter. As we hit sub-zero temperatures any existing blockages—even small ones—can freeze and become much worse. Furthermore, mineral deposit build-ups on pipes can lead to corrosion and a burst pipe may result. Finally, abundant snowfall can cause flooding, especially come spring when all that precipitation begins to melt. Sewer drains need to perform optimally to prevent this hazardous potential from occurring. 

Video camera inspection

Your sewer drain’s winter maintenance cleaning should include a video camera inspection. This technology makes use of a small camera attached to a snake that allows the technician to see exactly what’s happening within pipes, drains and sewers. This process can scout out problematic scenarios such as:

  • Root penetration
  • Joint failure
  • Fissures
  • Blockages

Caught early on, these issues are easy to resolve. However, should they be left unattended over the winter, they may worsen and lead to problems with backflow and flooding. 

Other tips to prepare for winter

In addition to a cleaning and inspection of your home’s or business’s sewer drain, there are several other ways to ensure your drains remain in good working order over the colder months.

  • Clean out all gutters
  • Drain and shut off all exterior faucets and remove any hoses
  • Insulate exposed pipes
  • Consider covering your hot water tank with an insulating cover
  • Test your sump pump 
  • Check your water pressure
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees

A maintenance program for your home or business

Electric Eel Sewer & Drain uses state-of-the-art equipment, including video cameras, hydro-jetting and vacuums, to ensure that your sewer drain and other plumbing continues to function throughout the year. Our residential and commercial drain cleaning services in Calgary are an indispensable component of preventing costly and disruptive problems down the road. To schedule an appointment for an inspection and cleaning, contact us today. We’re also available 24/7 for emergency service repair and clean up.