Many of us carefully travel atop slippery icy surfaces every winter with great care and awareness. We do our very best to lower the possibility of a slip and fall or vehicle accident by applying various forms of ice melters to our roads, sidewalks and bridges to convert dangerous ice to manageable surface water. However, we need to really consider the power of ice and the damage it can cause when water is allowed to freeze when becoming trapped or simply left to stagnate in non-temperature controlled areas like exterior sump drains, foundation mounted water supply lines, roof gutters, non-drained buried lawn irrigation lines, buried down spout drain lines, garden hoses left outside, rain barrels, etc.
Here are a few simple steps to avoid ice related property damage and it’s corresponding repair.
- Clean out all leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts often to allow for proper draining.
- Be sure to properly pitch exterior sump pump drain lines to allow water to flow out and not remain stagnate in pipe.
- Blow out or vacuum all debris that may have become trapped in buried down spout extension drain lines.
- Prepare your lawn’s sprinkler system for winter by removing all the water from the irrigation system and equipment by using pressurized air.
- Drain water from all portable/stationary pumps and water holding tanks before freezing temperatures move in.
By taking these few simple winter related precautions will allow our drainage and water control systems to function as they were intended and with minimal additional expense.