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Winterize Your Cabin or Lake Home.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 10/28/2017 - 13:05

If you haven't winterize your cabin yet, it's really time to get started. We all should've started just a little earlier but frankly life does get in the way. I thought I'd review some of the things we should consider when doing that.

The whole purpose of winterization projects is to reduce the chances of damage from bursting pipes in your cabin or ho.

Anytime you leave your home or cabin for more than a brief period of time it pays to turn off the water to the house and to shut down your water heater, particularly if it's electric. By doing so, should a leak from any source occur you have limited the amount of water available to cause damage to just that that is contained in the pipes.
 
If the water is left on and a leak  develops the water will flow continuously and can cause devastating damage as well as the potential for mold growth.

Proper winterization is easy to describe but can be quite difficult to implement. Simply put, you shut off the water source, drain all the water out of the system including such things as the water heaters, water softeners, toilets and traps beneath sinks. The idea being, if it holds water empty it or drain it.

We always recommend having winterization done by professionals. As cabins are often remodeled and added onto over the years the complexity of the water supply and drain system often increases considerably. This also contributes to the complexity of a proper winterization. If you would prefer to do it yourself, at least the first time, have it done by a professional while you observe what is required. Occasionally the process is simple enough that it hardly warrants hiring the work done. Many times, however, water must be drained at a number of locations, some of which may be quite difficult to access. Professionals will also add a biodegradable antifreeze to toilets and traps.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 10/28/2017 - 13:05