Ensuring Winter Doesn’t Drain The Life Of Your Drainage Systems

by | Nov 13, 2021 | Drainage | 0 comments

The types of drainage systems on your property

Before you can adequately winterize your drainage systems, it’s essential to know what kinds of drainage systems you have on your property. Surface drainage is relatively simple, where shallow parallel canals are dug to allow excess water run-off to flow down. These systems can work well; however, if your lawn is relatively flat, there have to be surface drains installed well to prevent water from pooling. 

A more common form of drainage is called subsurface drains, also frequently referred to as French Drains, and they are similar to regular surface drains. Except these are below the soil’s surface to aid in removing excess water from that soil, which can, in turn, waterlog the roots of your plants. This system consists of deeper ditches within your lawn, with piping running through them, leading to a collection drain. 

There are also slope drainage systems that use any sloped surface in your yard to its advantage by “naturally” allowing any water to be moved away from any given structure. These pipes are typically made out of plastic, steel, or concrete, covered by grates to protect them. Beyond that is, of course, downspouts and gutters. Both of these protect your home itself, guiding water that falls away from the roof and to the ground. Processes like this prevent structural damage, and they typically deliver that water on a slope, so there’s limited pooling at the base. 

Making repairs to those drainage systems ASAP

Preparing any drainage systems you have doesn’t just mean doing whatever you can with the piping in place, ensuring they don’t get damaged. It also includes making repairs to those systems before you actually begin any of the other work. Anything throughout your systems that is broken or shifted or leaking can cause more damage than just about anything else when winter hits. 

One problem that can cause blockages in your pipes beneath the surface are roots from large plants or trees that have made their way in through the joints and are then soaking up the moisture from within it. These drains will then have to be removed and replaced. Another issue that isn’t the first thought in many homeowners’ minds is collapsed pipes. These do not allow water to flow correctly, which can, in turn, cause unfortunate leaking in the surrounding area. 

Broken or displaced joints can also cause many problems with leaking, resulting in mold growth, an increase in bugs, and a weakening of the ground structure. These nuisances are also a prevalent problem with any sections of your actual piping that contain fractures of any sort. They become widespread in drainage systems exposed to consistent wear and tear, leading to significant leakage and structural damage for the whole system. These will need to be realigned, repaired, or replaced ASAP before you get heavy into winter. 

Why preparing drainage for winter is a necessity.

As you can see, multiple problems can arise from drainage systems that don’t get inspected, cared for, or repaired accordingly. These problems can and will worsen as time goes on and you get further into the heaviness of winter. Winter can already be chaotic for your home and the area surrounding your home – any drainage you have is especially susceptible to damage due to freezing temperatures and possible excess moisture. Preparing your drainage systems for the wintertime means ensuring their longevity, so you have functioning drainage for years to come.

This preparation means avoiding cracks, breaks, or any other damages that can be a bigger hassle later on to fix. When you have water in your pipes, and it freezes, it expands; that’s how damages like these can occur. The drainage you have that may be more exposed to the elements such as gutters or slope drainage needs a little extra help, too, as they are the most at-risk. It doesn’t take much to cause problems for them either. It takes one good freeze under 30 degrees to cause a whirlwind of complications – which is why it’s imperative to get them winterized ahead of time!  

How to prepare your drainage for the winter

Luckily for you as the homeowner, there are plenty of ways you can help avoid this headache and give yourself some peace of mind during “the most wonderful time of the year!” There’s no doubt that people have heard this before, but it truly is one of the top ways to prepare any of your pipes for winter: that is to drain all the water from them. Excess water is the number one thing that causes cracks while those pipes! Don’t forget that faucets and hoses are included in that, and for your sake, make sure to store those hoses in a warmer, safe area. 

Some pipes, though, are still going to be used. Therefore, flushing them out isn’t applicable. That means insulating them will be your best bet; this means simply wrapping the right insulation products around said piping to protect it. Wrapping them can also help save on energy costs, so it’s a win-win for everyone! As strange as it sounds, keeping the heat on and going steady can help, too! Keeping it at a steady, warm temperature eliminates the damage caused by letting things cool down, then cranking up the heat, then letting it cool down again. 

Getting help from the professionals to get it done right

A lot goes into making sure your pipes are protected and won’t succumb to critical damage over the winter. Some of these steps are ones you, as the homeowner, can help take care of by being actively involved in the process; however, not everything is as simple as it sounds. Some of these steps require skill, experience, and sometimes the correct tools to get the job done right. If done improperly, your pipes could potentially pay the price – and so, too, will your wallet. 

For this reason, Revolution Landscape and Design are here, continuing to do what they do, serving the community as they have for years. They can help troubleshoot drainage issues you have and help you get your systems to where they need to be. So don’t give up on your drainage systems – let this team of professionals help revolutionize them by preparing it all for the winter to come! 

Call (614) 924-7957 for your FREE estimate!