4 Tips for Protecting the Plumbing in Your Vacation Home during the Winter

Posted on: 28 November 2016

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If you have a cabin or vacation home that you only use during the summer months, it is important to take steps to protect your pipes from damage during the cold winter weather. Luckily, winterizing your plumbing is not difficult to do, and it doesn't have to be too expensive. Use the following tips to ensure that the pipes in your vacation home don't freeze or burst while you are away during the winter months.

Take Care of Garden Hoses

When you're closing up your house for the season, don't forget to attend to any outdoor garden hoses that your home may have. If a hose is not properly disconnected and drained, the water can expand and freeze, which can put pressure on the entire plumbing system and cause a pipe to burst. If your garden hoses are not equipped with frost-free spigots, turn off the valve to the spigot and put on a faucet insulator.

Insulate Exterior Pipes

Pipes inside the walls of a home are typically safe during the winter, but exposed pipes located in attics, garages, and crawl spaces can be at risk from the cold winter temperatures. If your vacation home has any exposed pipes, invest in foam pipe insulation and cover them before you leave for the season. In the event that your vacation home is located in an area with extremely harsh winters, you may want to consider wrapping the pipes with heat tape to ensure that they do not freeze and crack.

Turn off the Water

One of the easiest ways to prevent flooding from a burst pipe in the winter months is by turning off the water main in your vacation home. After you shut off the valve, Make sure you turn on all of the faucets in the home to empty all of the water from the pipes. You will also need to flush all of the toilets to remove the water from the bowls so it doesn't freeze and damage pipes.

Contact a Plumber

When a vacation home is located in a bitterly cold climate, it is worth the money to contact a plumber to help protect your pipes in the winter. A plumber will be able to drain the hot water heater and also check the plumbing in the home to ensure that the pipes are completely drained. In addition, a plumber may opt to use non-toxic antifreeze as needed to further protect your home's plumbing. 

For more information on how to protect your plumbing over the winter, talk to a professional like those at Rooter Pro Plumbing.