Winterize Your Cottage’s Plumbing.
When the last snow melts, you’ll be ready to kick back and relax.
If you own a cottage, we don’t need to remind you that maintenance and repairs can be painfully expensive.
They can also put a real dent in your precious relaxation time. WinterProof™ Water System Antifreeze lets you save both. By protecting your plumbing with WinterProof™ before winter strikes, you can save yourself the possibility that sub zero temperatures will freeze and burst waterlines, and damage expensive pumps and toilet tanks.
When the temperature drops below freezing, even small amounts of residual water can make PVC and metal pipes vulnerable. Ice in the line can expand, crack and burst them open. Two or three jugs of WinterProof™ with BurstGuard™ protect your cottage’s water system during even the harshest Canadian winters. It’s guaranteed to -50˚C.
- Total water system protection
- Prevents waterline bursts
- Safe for winterizing plastic and metal pipes
- Prevents jet pump damage
- Lubricates waterlines, pipes and seals
Opening the cottage should be all about kicking back, basking in the sunshine and not having to worry about burst pipes. With WinterProof™, you can spend your summer relaxing, not repairing.
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Click here for step-by-steps instructions to winterize your cottage
Turn off power to the water pump and hot water tank.
Turn off the power in the hot water tank to protect the heating elements from trying to warm water that is no longer there.
Work on interior plumbing first.
Ideally, all the supply pipes will drain to one point, and the water supply lines will gradually slope down to a single set of drain valves. If your cottage isn’t set up this way, you may have to crawl under the cottage to find out where all the pipes go and where the valves are located.
Open drain valves and make sure all taps (inside & outside) are open.
Leave all valves and the taps open over the winter so that any remaining water can drain out.
Attach an air compressor to the drain valve.
If you think there may still be water in the line from improper drainage or sagging pipes, blow any excess water back through the open taps.
Drain the pressure/gravity tank and hot water tank.
If the pressure tank is located somewhere other than below your cottage, make sure the line to the cottage is also drained. The pressure tank relies on a rubber diaphragm to create and hold the pressure to push water through the plumbing lines. If water is left inside the holding tank, it will freeze and possibly destroy this rubber diaphragm, making the tank useless.
If you have a jet pump, remove the drain plug.
Drain the water between the pump and the pressure or gravity tank. The priming plug should also be removed and stored in a safe place. Add 500 mL of WinterProof™ Water System Antifreeze to the jet-pump case to protect the casing and impeller inside it from freezing. Disconnect the waterline to the pump and pull it onto the shore. Disconnect the foot valve and store it in a secure place to prevent any damage.
If you have a submersible pump, leave it in the water during the winter.
A drain valve installed on the waterline just above the lake’s high-water level will let you drain the line from the cottage to where the pipe enters the water, decreasing the chances of freezing and cracking over the winter.
Winterize the toilet.
Flush the toilet to get as much of the water out of the tank and bowl as possible. Some water will be left at the bottom that should be removed with a small cup or a sponge. Add 1 to 2 litres of WinterProof™ antifreeze to the bowl to prevent any remaining water from freezing and cracking the toilet, and to stop sewer gas from venting back through the toilet trap. Add another litre of WinterProof™ antifreeze to the tank and make sure the bottom rubber flapper in the tank is tied in the up position to prevent it from sitting in the plumbing antifreeze.
Winterize the sink & tub.
Pour 500 mL of WinterProof™ antifreeze down every sink and tub drain. It is normal for the product to become ‘slushy’ and freeze in sub-zero temperatures but it will not damage the system.
Winterize the shower.
Pour 1 litre down the shower-stall drains. The traps under the drains hold water that prevents sewer gas from coming up through the drains. If left unprotected, the pooled water in the traps may freeze and crack the traps.
*The information contained in this document is intended to provide general guidelines on winterizing. Recochem assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein and disclaims any liability for the omissions, errors, or outcome of any project. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, codes and regulations for a project. The reader must always take proper safety precautions and exercise caution when taking on any project. If there is any question or doubt in regards to any element of a project, please consult a licensed professional.
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