Winterizing a cabin is an essential step to get your property ready for cold weather. Not only does it prevent water damage and other issues from developing, but it provides peace of mind too. Learn more about how to winterize cabin plumbing in our guide.
Turn Off The Water Supply
The initial step in winterizing a cabin is to ensure the main water supply to your residence or cabin has been turned off.
This usually involves turning off the valve that controls water flow in your meter box. If you don’t know where this valve is, call an experienced plumber to come inspect it for you.
Check Pipes For Leaks
Burst pipes in wintertime are a common issue for cottagers and can cause extensive property damage. To avoid such costly damages, it’s important to check for leaks and wet spots along your walls, floors, and external pipes.
These leaks usually originate from small cracks in the pipe, and damage includes floors, furniture, appliances and personal items.
Drain and Bleed Your Plumbing
While dripping a faucet protects your plumbing in the short term, draining and bleeding your plumbing works best for full winterization. Here’s how to drain and bleed your plumbing:
- Turn off the water supply
- Open all faucets
- Allow all water to drain out
- With an air compressor, force excess water out by blowing air into each drain
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine (hot and cold water) to clear remaining water
- Pour antifreeze into all sink and bathtub drains
Seal Air Leaks
Before you can winterize cabin plumbing completely, it’s wise to inspect both inside and outside for any air leaks that may exist.
Check areas prone to drafts like around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes, windows and doors; then caulk or insulate these spots with insulation if applicable.
It is also wise to add insulation to the plumbing in crawl spaces and attics. Doing so will protect them from cold conditions and enhance energy efficiency.
Insulate Your Pipes
To prevent freezing to your pipes, wrap them in foam insulation and secure them with electrical tape. Be careful when installing this type of insulation however; if not applied correctly, it could result in electrical shocks or fires.