In the UK, the Autumn months bring colder temperatures and falling leaves. It’s important not to overlook your plumbing when the seasons change in order to not get caught out by frozen pipes and other issues. In this article, we will explore the different ways homeowners can protect themselves and their properties against the changing seasons and keep your properties plumbing in the best condition possible.
Keep Your Property Dry With Gutter Maintenance
Seasonal debris like leaves and sticks can wreak havoc with your gutters if they are able to build up. We, at Fast Fix, suggest clearing this as soon as possible. Not just to allow water through in the wet autumn months, but to prevent blockages that can lead to water getting into your property, as well as other problems. Down spout pipes should be directing the water away from the foundation of your home.
Rather than fixing a problem when it occurs, we suggest avoiding the problem altogether. If you are trying to avoid blocked gutters this autumn, read on:
Manually Clear Drains and Gutters
Fallen leaves turn into soggy blockages that can easily clog your drains. Clearing leaves and debris, using a hands-on approach is sometimes the most effective if you need them cleaned ASAP. Regular cleaning them is vital for reducing the risk of blocked drains. Always remember to wear gloves to protect your hands from scratches or potential infections.
Clear Drains and Gutters using a Vacuum
If manual clearing is not powerful enough to clear a blockage then using a vacuum is a game-changer. We do not recommend using your Dyson or Miele for this drain-clearing job! Instead use an outdoor vacuum that is designed especially for drain cleaning. This will have suction strong enough to remove stubborn debris like twigs and autumn leaves. If you have to address your gutters yearly because your property is situated near trees then a drain vacuum service will save you a lot of time and effort.
Clear Drains and Gutters using a Vacuum
If manual clearing is not powerful enough to clear a blockage then using a vacuum is a game-changer. However, we don’t recommend using your Dyson or Miele for this drain-clearing job! Instead, use an outdoor vacuum that is designed especially for drain cleaning. This will have suction strong enough to remove stubborn debris like twigs and autumn leaves. If you have to address your gutters yearly because your property is situated near trees then a drain vacuum service will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run
Removing Dead Branches and Trimming the Trees on Your Property
If your gutters are consistently getting built up due to overhanging branches, you can fix the problem at it’s source by trimming the trees that hang over the gutters. This will also have the added bonus that it reduces the risk of the brnach falling during an autumnal storm which could injure someone or damage your property.
What can you do with Leaf Mulch?
While leaves are a pest for drains and property owners, they can be used in a home in a useful way that is commonly overlooked. Rather than disposing of them to landfill, leaves are an excellent addition to a compost pile. If you do not have an existing one to add to then we recommend starting a pile with your leaf mulch. At Fastfix,we believe adopting a sustainable approach to property maintenance is important for a slow and eco-conscious future.
In summary, here are the key steps to reduce plumbing and drainage problems affecting your property this Autumn:
- Regularly clear your gutters and drainpipes to prevent water damage and blockages.
- Disconnect outdoor hoses to prevent pipe freezing and damage.
- Consider the installation of an interior shut-off valve to protect your plumbing system from cold weather.
- Address gaps in your plumbing system by sealing them to keep cold air out.
- Insulate your pipes to ensure they remain resistant to freezing, avoiding costly plumbing problems.
When it comes to selecting a company that you can trust with your property’s plumbing and drainage, make a decision based on expertise and experience. Drains and plumbing are at the core of your home running smoothly during the changing seasons. Using a dedicated team of drainage and plumbing experts, like Fastfix, to help you upkeep your property will remove the guesswork of identifying issues, and allow you to avoid costly problems. Just as you’d expect from a trusted industry leader like us.