People who have the means to invest in a vacation property, such as a cottage in the Muskoka & Simcoe County area, will find the time to prep their place while the season’s ripe– usually in the summer.
However, that doesn’t mean that the off-season should be overlooked.
As Richard Brignall writes for Cottage Life:
“…whether you’re an old hand or closing up for the first time, a little care this fall will make sure you’re not sleepless in the city through the long winter months.”
Laying The Groundwork
Winter cottage living in Canada is often fun and peaceful, especially for those residing near any body of water. Some private cottages are even rented out during the winter months – just imagine a blanket of white snow, ready for you and your family to create snow angels, snowmen, and to go sledding through!
However, if you’re using the family cottage for a few days this coming winter, you’ll need to do some groundwork before you make the trip. Enlisting cottage plumbing specialists like the team at Harris Plumbing, who specialize in winterizing cottages, will help you get things underway before the weather really sets in.
Below are just a few things you should consider:
As mentioned, it’s a good idea to get the ball rolling on your cottage up-keep during the summer and fall – before the snow starts to pile up! This means that you’ll need to think ahead and call expert plumbers who can inspect your plumbing systems to ensure they’re working properly and should be equipped to take on the cold.
Disconnecting Cottage Power
It’s also important to ask that a plumbing crew inspect your grid, as cottage plumbing is reportedly not rated to withstand winter temps in most cases.
Therefore, any power circuits connected to the water pumps and heating mechanisms should be turned off, and great care is required to keep power lines away from any water areas.
Note: If you have a garburator on the sink, Brignall says that you should disconnect that too. However, at Harris Plumbing, we believe that to make your cottage more environmentally friendly, you should instead consider having your garburator removed.
Cottage Water & Valve Ventilation
It’s a common fact among plumbers and homeowners that any leftover water in a house’s plumbing grid can freeze up and expand as the temperatures drop. As such, start by opening all faucets and drain valves in the house to vent all the air pressure and water within; this prevents the water from freezing in the pipes. An air compressor linked to the drain valve also forces out water in remote sections of the plumbing grid.
According to Brignall, machinery for hot water (like a tank or tankless water heater), as well as a pressure tank or gravity tank must be completely drained as well.
Contact Harris Plumbing Today!
Even if you ultimately decide not to stay at the cottage, don’t hesitate to contact Richmond Hill plumbing companies like Harris Plumbing, who specialize in safeguarding pipes and have locations in Muskoka & Simcoe County. Your cottage will thank you for it.Call Us 1-866-786-1801