Winterizing Your Cabin or Trailer

After Labour Day, it is usually time to close down your cabin, trailer or vacation house for the winter. One of the biggest issues is preventing your pipes from freezing during the off-season, which is a very common problem.

Experienced plumbers in Edmonton recommend that you should partially winterize any time the residence is not used full-time or when it will be left unoccupied for long stretches. You should completely winterize your cabin or trailer after Labour Day and continue until the middle of spring.

How to Properly Winterize

You will need to go through a few steps to winterize your cabin or trailer. If you will not be parking a trailer in a covered, warm space, do follow these winterizing tips too:

  • 1.Water Heater – If you have a propane water heater, turn the setting to vacation mode or pilot. If electric, go to the electrical service panel, locate the breaker labeled “water heater” and turn it to the off position.
  • 2.Water Lines – Find the water supply lines for your cabin where they come into the foundation. These are typically copper or PVC lines coming from the ground. Locate the shut off valve to these lines and turn off all water.
  • 3.Faucets – Once the water is turned off, locate the lowest faucet on the property (preferably one on the exterior). Open that faucet and leave it open. If you do not have an exterior faucet, find a faucet at the lowest elevation point inside the cabin and turn it on.
  • 4.Remove Water – Next, go through the cabin and turn every faucet to the on position and flush every toilet. This will eliminate as much water as possible from the system.
  • 5.Antifreeze – Next, pour antifreeze into every drain of the cabin, including showers, sinks and toilets. For RVs, you can use RV antifreeze, but for cabins you must use regular antifreeze. RV antifreeze is diluted for water tanks.
  • 6.Dishwasher – Close the dishwasher (if applicable) and let it run for a few seconds to pull any water from inside the supply lines. This will activate the solenoid for the dishwasher and prevent it from freezing or breaking during the winter.

Even when you follow all of these steps, you may not get all of the water drained from your cabin’s pipes. If you experience any breakage or pipe issues, Always Plumbing & Heating is here to help. Our team of Edmonton plumbers can repair broken lines and even help you get your cabin’s water back on for the new season. Give us a call at 780-489-8118 or contact us online.

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