Sewer Drain Cleaning Differences In A Cold Climate


Cold yet? Here in the middle of December in Denver it can get pretty bad, and it’s unlikely we’re in the middle of the worst of it…January and February are usually even colder.

Because we live in a part of the country that has seasons, it got us thinking about how these seasons affects the way we do our job, and how it affects our business.

The Cold Sewer Pipe: While grease in cold pipes isn’t going to go rancid as quickly, any grease that goes down the drain is going to cool faster in winter, which is going to cause it to glob up and start collecting other stuff.

Cold Fresh Water Pipes: Frozen pipes — those that break when someone turns the thermostat down too low and goes away for a week — are certainly one of the most common water mishaps that occur. The key is to turn your thermostat down so that you save money, but not so low that your pipes freeze. Unfortunately there’s not a magic thermostat number, as everyone’s pipes are in different locations and insulated to different degrees.

Pipes underground won’t freeze: Here’s the good thing about pipes…if they’re far enough underground, they don’t freeze. This is true of both freshwater and sewer pipes. That’s because the ground keeps a constant temperature of about 50-55 degrees fahrenheit (This is the same principle that allows geothermal heat pumps to work.) So these pipes aren’t really causing us additional problems in winter.

As it turns out, it’s not so much the weather that changes things during the winter…it’s the holidays! People are deep frying turkeys, making gravy, and taxing their plumbing systems with tons of holiday guests. When this happens, it can certainly lead to an uptick in our business.

No matter what time of year it is, be sure to give Garvin’s a call at the first sign of trouble: 303-848-3815.