How to Winterize Your Campís Plumbing Pipes
Learn How to Protect Your Summer Campís
By Mark J. Donovan
If you own a summer camp in a colder
climate itís vital that you winterize your campís plumbing system at the end of
the summer. Not doing so will cost you a fortune in broken water pipes and water
damage. Winterizing a campís plumbing pipes involves more than just shutting off
the water supply line to the camp. Read below to learn how to winterize your
campís plumbing pipes and protect your property from extensive water damage.
Winterizing Camp Plumbing Supply
The first step in winterizing a campís plumbing system is to shut off the water
main to the camp.
Start by throwing the switch on the
main circuit breaker panel that powers the well pump. Then shut off the main
water valve to the camp.
If there is a hose bib (spigot) below the main water valve to the camp, turn on
a sink or tub faucet nearest the hose bib and then turn on the hose bib valve.
Prior to turning on the hose bib valve, however, place a bucket underneath it.
This process will effectively drain all the water from the plumbing supply pipes
in the camp. To help ensure all the water is drained from the plumbing supply
lines open up additional faucets while the water drains out of the hose bib. If
you donít turn on the faucet valves a vacuum suction in the plumbing supply
lines will prevent water from freely draining out of them. After draining all
the water in the plumbing supply lines, shut off all of the faucet valves and
the hose bib.
If you donít have a hose bib below
the main water shut off valve, then look for small drain plugs under each
faucet. You should see small brass nipple fixtures on the supply lines near the
faucet. Remove the brass nipples to drain water from the supply lines. Again
make sure you place a bucket just below the drain pipe prior to draining the
faucets. After draining the water re-attach the brass nipples.
Winterizing Camp Plumbing Drain
To winterize the plumbing drain pipes
flush the toilets until there is no water left in the toilet tanks.
Then pour some environmentally safe
anti-freeze into the toilet bowl. Similarly pour some of the anti-freeze into
each sink and tub drain. Again, make sure you use a house or RV camper type
anti-freeze. Do not use anti-freeze meant for automobiles.
Thatís all there is to it for winterizing your camps plumbing pipes. In the
spring, all youíll need to do is turn on the circuit breaker to the well pump
and the main water valve to the camp.
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