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How to Keep Your French Drain From Freezing

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Winter can be a harsh season for your drain system. With temperatures dropping below freezing,
there is always a risk of your drain becoming frozen. This can cause significant problems and
damage to your drainage system if not addressed promptly. As a drain expert, I have seen many
cases of frozen drains during the winter months. In this guide, I will share some tips on
preventing your drain from freezing and what to do if it does freeze.

Why Do Drains Freeze?

Before we dive into prevention methods, let’s first understand why drains can become frozen in
the winter. A drain is often installed at a shallow depth, which makes it susceptible to frost

When the temperature drops below freezing, the water in and around the drain pipes can freeze,
causing blockages and stopping the water flow. Furthermore, if any debris or sediment has
accumulated in the drain, it can also freeze and create a barrier for water to pass through.

How to Prevent Your Drain from Freezing

One of the most effective ways to prevent your drain from freezing is properly insulating it. This
involves burying the drain pipes deeper in the ground and making sure the outlet is protected
from the cold.

Check That Your Drain is Sloped

If your drain freezes, it creates an ice dam that stops the water from moving through the pipe.
This can cause significant issues with your drainage, but adding a greater slope to your drain can
help prevent freezing and keep water flowing. Making sure the pipe is installed correctly initially
can help prevent these issues.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

During the fall, leaves and other debris can accumulate in your gutters and eventually make their
way into your roof drain pipe system. This debris can freeze in the winter and cause blockages in
your drainage pipes, leading to overflows into your foundation and other severe issues. To
prevent this, clean your gutters regularly before the onset of winter.

Don’t Dump the Water from Gutters into Your French Drain

Another common mistake leading to frozen drains is dumping the water from your gutters
directly into French drain pipes. This additional flow of water can overwhelm the drain and
increase the chances of it freezing, along with other debris that can lead to clogs. Instead, direct
the water away from your French drain system and towards a different drainage area.


Signs Your Drain is Frozen

It is essential to recognize the signs of a frozen drain so that you can act before it causes
significant damage. Here are some common indicators that your drain may be frozen:

  • Standing or frozen water near or above the drain system
  • Slow or no water flow in the drain

If you notice any of these signs, addressing the issue promptly before it worsens is essential.

Can I Fix My Frozen Drain Myself?

If you suspect that your drain is frozen, it’s best to seek professional help. Fixing a frozen drain
can lead to further damage or injury. A professional will have the necessary equipment and
expertise to thaw the drain safely and efficiently.

Why Work with Isbir Construction & Landscape Corp.?

At Isbir Construction & Landscape Corp., we have a team of experienced drain experts who can
help you prevent and fix any issues with your drainage system. We understand the importance of
having a functional drain, especially during the winter months, and are committed to providing
top-quality drainage services to our clients.

Our exterior drains are designed to protect critical areas such as basements and low spots in
lawns by intercepting groundwater and redirecting it away. Using a laser transit, we ensure that
water flows precisely to its intended location. Choose to have the drains covered with soil and
grass or leave the drainage stone exposed to capture surface water effectively.

We also offer drain clean-ups for existing drains that may have lost their effectiveness. If water
no longer gets into your drain, contact us to revive and rejuvenate it.

Additionally, we specialize in grading and exterior drain combinations. By strategically sloping
the ground towards our drains, we effectively guide water away, ultimately keeping your
basement dry.

Don’t Let Winter Freeze Your Drain. Call Us Today!

Winter can be harsh on your drain system, but with proper preventative measures, you can keep
it from freezing and causing damage. Remember to regularly clean and check it.
And if you do encounter a frozen drain, act promptly to prevent further problems and back-ups.
By following these tips, you can ensure your drain stays functional and efficient all year round.
So do not let the winter freeze your drain; be proactive and protect your drainage system today.

Mike Isbir

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