October 21, 2019 • In Featured, Heating & Cooling • < 1 Min Read

How to Prepare Your Vacation Home For the Harsh Weather of Wintertime



A vacation home is really only fun in the summer, right? Wrong!

If you properly protect your vacation home from what the winter brings, it can be a great place for hot cocoa and a fireplace. We’re here to help!

If you have a vacation home in a cold weather location, it’s a good idea to have your plumbing contractor winterize the house.

Your plumber can blow the water out of the pipes with compressed air and fill them with non-toxic antifreeze. (Cool, right!)

If you’re going to do it yourself, remember you have to drain more than the pipes:

  • Disconnect and drain the hoses for your dishwasher
  • Disconnect the hoses for your washing machine and drain any existing water out
  • Drain the water heater

Pro Tip: Several manufacturers sell water leak detectors that will alert you through an app if they detect water on the floor. It’s an easy way to prevent water damage!

And with that, your vacation home is safe and sound from the big, bad Winter! It could even be a winter vacation home, now! (Hot cocoa anyone?)

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