Winter weather in Ohio is hard on your home in a variety of ways. Your furnace works overtime, your roof and siding take a beating, and your home’s drainage system is subject to all kinds of unique problems that can be difficult to solve. At DeFazio Company, we believe in being prepared, so as we head into the second half of winter, watch out for these three common drainage problems.
1. Frozen Pipes
Frozen and bursting pipes are a fairly common and extremely expensive winter problem. If your pipes aren’t properly insulated, the water inside can freeze and expand, causing your pipes to burst and flood your home or basement. To prevent this costly problem, make sure you turn off the water to the outside spigots and drain any remaining water. You can even fit your outdoor faucets with year-round, frost-free models that prevent the cold from affecting your indoor pipes.
2. Blocked Gutters and Downspouts
The goal of any drainage system is to direct water away from your home’s foundation or basement. So, if your gutters or downspouts are blocked or clogged, melted water could easily soak into the soil and leak into your home through cracks in your foundation. Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are solidly attached to your home and that they haven’t been affected by high winds and freezing conditions. Also, make sure there aren’t any leaves or branches clogging them and thereby stopping the water from flowing freely away from your home.
3. Freezes and Thaws
Winter weather in the Midwest can be pretty unpredictable. One week may be freezing, with below zero temperatures; then, the next week can be sunny with mild temperatures. All that freezing and thawing can make a mess of the soil around your foundation and cause issues with your drainage systems. If winter has caused a drainage problem in your home, you need yard drainage solutions from the expert team at DeFazio. We not only control and divert water away from your home and yard, we also create a permanent solution to avoid any further water damage issues.
Don’t let winter ruin your yard or your home’s foundation. Instead, contact DeFazio Company in Cleveland today at (440) 652-6545 to request an estimate on our professional landscape drainage solutions.