Winterize Your Home

Freeze Protect Supply & Drain Piping, Water Pumps, Tanks & Heaters

How to Winterize your Building... First, you need to determine if the building’s heat is going to be left on or off.

The heat should be left on if your home is only partially winterized. If you are going to fully winterize your summer cabin, unoccupied residence, or vacation home there are several steps that must be taken to avoid frozen pipes or damage. One simple step that is often overlooked is detaching your hose from the outdoor faucet. Below is a list of other precautions that will help ensure your investment stay in tip-top shape while you’re away.

Shut off the Main Water Supply Valve: Make sure your valve closes completely after draining pipe. Some of the valves are used less frequently and may not close completely. Make sure these valves do not stay open or it will certainly cause damage.

Turn Off Electrical Pump: (if you have one) Drain your water pump and pressure tank if you have one.

Drain Your Water Supply Pipes: Most homes, except for some vacation places, were not designed to be drained regularly. Several horizontal may make a house difficult to drain.

Remove water using air: One technique employed by plumbers is to utilize air push water out of pipes, or the install
drain points throughout the pipe.

Remove water by cutting pipes: Some plumbers insist that cutting a pipe for a small repair later is often more ideal than the entire building undergoing massive stress from frozen pipes.

Remove water using building drain: Most building will have a drain located at the lowest point of the supply piping

Drain Plumbing Fixtures, Tanks, and Faucets (hot tubs, spas, whirlpools)

Winterize Toilets: Toilet tanks and bowls should be completely emptied. Pouring antifreeze into bowls and traps. However, antifreeze can be toxic, and certain chemical in antifreeze should not be put into our septic tanks.

Winterize Water Heaters: Turning on electricity to a drained electric water heater, or a gas or oil fired water heater. This is extremely dangerous and will destroy the heater.

Winterize Tanks and Pumps: Both tanks and pumps need to be completely drained of water

Winterize Faucets: After water is turned off, make sure to open each faucet and let the water drain fully. Outdoor faucets are equally as important to open and let drain.

Winterize Building Supply Piping: remove all water from the supply pipelines, cutting the pipes is absolutely necessary. If your water supply from the city is not below the frost line of your water softener, you might need to install a water shutoff valve closer to the connection of your buildings piping and the city’s water main.

Here are some helpful tips on how to correctly turn off your water softener.
Even if you chose to leave your vacation home, rental, or any other building’s heat on during an extended leave, it still makes sense to turn off the water softener. Unless you have a smart water-softener, most machines recharge themselves using a simple clock mechanism. This recharging would waste energy and resources for no reason.
If you leave your heat on, simply unplug the electrical power to the softener. If the softener is hardwired to something, make sure to switch power off.
If your softener has a bypass valve on the top part of the softener’s media tank, make sure to move the valve into bypass position.

An Extra Step for Heat OFF Buildings

Drain the water softener’s ion exchanger tank- If you plan to turn your heat completely off and your building is located in a freezing area, draining the water softener tank is imperative. If you need extra assistance in preparing your water softener for an extended leave, VIP Solutions recommends looking at the instructions or user guide for your specific softener. If you don’t have one, you can usually easily obtain one by contacting the manufacture; such as Culligan Corporation or Kemco. Most manufacturers want their products to work well and last a long time. They are usually very willing to help provide maintenance tips and instruction for your water softener.
The control valve on your softener needs to be drained as well. Most control valves are built with reinforced thermoplastic.

Note: There may be a drain plug installed in the water softener control area that needs to be removed to ensure no freezing damage from leftover water.

 

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Freeze Protect Supply & Drain Piping, Water Pumps, Tanks & Heaters

How to Winterize your Building... First, you need to determine if the building’s heat is going to be left on or off.

The heat should be left on if your home is only partially winterized. If you are going to fully winterize your summer cabin, unoccupied residence, or vacation home there are several steps that must be taken to avoid frozen pipes or damage. One simple step that is often overlooked is detaching your hose from the outdoor faucet. Below is a list of other precautions that will help ensure your investment stay in tip-top shape while you’re away.

Shut off the Main Water Supply Valve: Make sure your valve closes completely after draining pipe. Some of the valves are used less frequently and may not close completely. Make sure these valves do not stay open or it will certainly cause damage.

Turn Off Electrical Pump: (if you have one) Drain your water pump and pressure tank if you have one.

Drain Your Water Supply Pipes: Most homes, except for some vacation places, were not designed to be drained regularly. Several horizontal may make a house difficult to drain.

Remove water using air: One technique employed by plumbers is to utilize air push water out of pipes, or the install
drain points throughout the pipe.

Remove water by cutting pipes: Some plumbers insist that cutting a pipe for a small repair later is often more ideal than the entire building undergoing massive stress from frozen pipes.

Remove water using building drain: Most building will have a drain located at the lowest point of the supply piping

Drain Plumbing Fixtures, Tanks, and Faucets (hot tubs, spas, whirlpools)

Winterize Toilets: Toilet tanks and bowls should be completely emptied. Pouring antifreeze into bowls and traps. However, antifreeze can be toxic, and certain chemical in antifreeze should not be put into our septic tanks.

Winterize Water Heaters: Turning on electricity to a drained electric water heater, or a gas or oil fired water heater. This is extremely dangerous and will destroy the heater.

Winterize Tanks and Pumps: Both tanks and pumps need to be completely drained of water

Winterize Faucets: After water is turned off, make sure to open each faucet and let the water drain fully. Outdoor faucets are equally as important to open and let drain.

Winterize Building Supply Piping: remove all water from the supply pipelines, cutting the pipes is absolutely necessary. If your water supply from the city is not below the frost line of your water softener, you might need to install a water shutoff valve closer to the connection of your buildings piping and the city’s water main.

Here are some helpful tips on how to correctly turn off your water softener.
Even if you chose to leave your vacation home, rental, or any other building’s heat on during an extended leave, it still makes sense to turn off the water softener. Unless you have a smart water-softener, most machines recharge themselves using a simple clock mechanism. This recharging would waste energy and resources for no reason.
If you leave your heat on, simply unplug the electrical power to the softener. If the softener is hardwired to something, make sure to switch power off.
If your softener has a bypass valve on the top part of the softener’s media tank, make sure to move the valve into bypass position.

An Extra Step for Heat OFF Buildings

Drain the water softener’s ion exchanger tank- If you plan to turn your heat completely off and your building is located in a freezing area, draining the water softener tank is imperative. If you need extra assistance in preparing your water softener for an extended leave, VIP Solutions recommends looking at the instructions or user guide for your specific softener. If you don’t have one, you can usually easily obtain one by contacting the manufacture; such as Culligan Corporation or Kemco. Most manufacturers want their products to work well and last a long time. They are usually very willing to help provide maintenance tips and instruction for your water softener.
The control valve on your softener needs to be drained as well. Most control valves are built with reinforced thermoplastic.

Note: There may be a drain plug installed in the water softener control area that needs to be removed to ensure no freezing damage from leftover water.