Home winterization is a service that prepares a home (such as your vacation home) for a wintertime vacancy. Winterization for the plumbing system can be especially important if you live in a cold climate. Here are some plumbing-related appliances that your plumber can winterize.
1. Water heater
You'll definitely want to have your vacation home's water heater winterized if you'll be away for any length of time during the winter. Water heater tanks hold large quantities of water, and they can burst if they freeze. Fortunately, the winterization process will include draining out this water so that it won't freeze and burst. Your plumber may also use compressed air to remove all the water from the unit.
2. Pool heater
Your outdoor pool heater is an appliance that's typically exposed to the elements, and since it cycles water through it, the heater could be damaged if it freezes. Freeze-thaw cycles could be particularly damaging. Your plumber can winterize the pool heater by opening the correct drain ports, using compressed air to blow out all the water, and so on. They may also recommend moving the heater indoors for the winter if possible.
3. Water softener
Whether or not you need to winterize your water softener may depend on the climate. Since the tank holds salty brine, which doesn't freeze as quickly as water does, you may only need to drain the tank in very cold climates or if your softener is in an unprotected place. Your plumber can help you decide if your softener should be winterized or not.
4. Sump pump
Your sump pump is another appliance that pumps water. However, unlike a pool heater or hot water heater, winterizing the sump pump shouldn't involve removing it from use entirely. You should leave it in place and leave it plugged in, in case of flooding or another water intrusion. Your plumber can check over your sump pump and ensure it's ready for winter.
5. Clothes washer and dishwasher
Your clothes washer and dishwasher both hold some water in their supply lines and drains. Your plumber may use compressed air to remove water from each appliance's inlet pipes, then add antifreeze to prevent the water from freezing inside the appliance. They'll also complete any other winterizing tasks such as disconnecting the appliances from water and power.
In addition to these appliances, your plumber can also winterize fixtures such as toilets. A complete winterization for your vacation home can give you peace of mind that no water damage will occur while you're away. Get in touch with a home winterization service to learn more about the winterization process or to request a quote.