Having a vacation home can be a ton of fun for you and your family. Whether it’s out in the mountains or deep in the woods it’s probably somewhere you love spending your time. However, having two homes isn’t always that easy. Managing two properties and possibly two different climates can be tiring. Today we wanted to share some tips for how you can prepare your vacation home for the winter. In other words, how to winterize your plumbing.
P.S. These tips can apply to your primary home too!
Tip #1 Insulate any exposed pipes
This is one of the best tips that we can offer those with vacation homes! If you have exposed pipes in the basement, crawl space, or attic then it’s best to cover them. Insulating these pipes can help to protect them from freezing.
Tip #2 Prep your water heater
Obviously, your hot water heater is an important part of your home. It helps to heat the water you use daily. However, when you won’t be around for an extended period of time it’s best to get it to shut down. You can do this by turning off the water and gas supply to it. Once that’s done attach a hose to it and drain any stored water (if applicable).
Tip #3 Cover toilets
Another great tip is to cover your toilets with plastic wrap. This can help keep any sewer gasses from escaping into your home while you’re away. Not necessary, but an added safety precaution!
Tip #4 Winterize the exterior too
If you have exterior plumbing such as spigots or hoses, they should be shut off. Completely drain and store your hoses to keep them from getting damaged by the weather. Make sure all spigots are completely off so that they don’t leak and become frozen later.
Tip #5 Take care of leaks
If you’ve noticed any leaking in your vacation home we encourage you to get it repaired before leaving. Leaks can lead to frozen pipes which can burst and cause serious damage to your plumbing. The last thing you want is to come back to your vacation home with a burst pipe.
Tip #6 Get a plumbing inspection
Before you plan on leaving your vacation home for an extended time, get a plumber to come out! An expert can help to determine that everything is functioning properly so that you can be sure there are no worries. An expert can also help secure the home prior to your departure so that all the pressure isn’t solely on you. Our team here at Norfolk Plumbing is happy to help!
Your vacation home is supposed to be a place where you can go to feel at peace. Don’t let the stress of leaving it ruin your entire stay! Be sure to follow these tips so that you can be confident that your vacation home won’t be a disaster when you get back. For any plumbing questions or for help prepping your vacation home call Norfolk Plumbing — (757) 466-0644!