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Opening The Cottage Tips

Posted on 2 May 2023
Opening The Cottage Tips

The warmer weather is here and it’s time to think about getting your cottage, lake house or other vacation home ready for the just around the corner relaxing summer days. First, however, you have to de-winterize your property if you’ve been away for the winter. Often, this is only a matter of reversing the actions you took to winterize the property before the cold weather seasons arrived. Here are all the steps you need to take to de-winterize your cottage correctly.

Turn electrical circuits back on

Over the winter, you had kept only the essential power circuits energized. Now it’s time to start turning on any circuit breakers that were shut off. Check all individual branch circuit breakers at your main service panel and make sure they’re all set to “on.”

Check drain openings

Next up is to make sure your drain openings are clear and filled to prevent sewer gases from rising up and entering the home. If you winterized your home’s drain openings, make sure to unblock them all as you de-winterize, including toilet, shower and floor drains.

Turn the main water supply on

Then, after ensuring all water supply tubes and pipes are connected, your plumber will slowly turn on the main water supply. If you have a utility sink near the main shutoff valve, the plumbing technician will strategically open its shutoff valve and faucet to allow trapped air to escape from the pipes as they refill with water.

Connect water supply tubes and pipes

Winterizing a home usually includes shutting off plumbing to the property to avoid the risk of frozen and bursting pipes. The next step you should take to de-winterize your vacation home is to inspect all plumbing fixtures and reconnect any flexible supply tubes to shut off valves or appliance inlets. Check all sinks, toilets, showers, tubs and any other water-supplied appliances, like the water heater and water softener, to ensure their water connections are properly reconnected. It’s best to hire a plumber to reconnect any fixtures that were disconnected during winterizing.

Open water valves for major appliances

If you’ve shutoff major appliances like the boiler, water heater or water softener for the winter, your plumbing technician will turn their water supplies on after the main water supply is restored. Your plumber will understand how to follow all manufacturer’s recommendations for filling these appliances.

Turn plumbing fixtures on

While the main water supply is halfway opened, your plumber will inspect each fixture in your home. The technician will open the fixture shutoff valve, then the faucet, checking for a steady and clear flow of water. Your plumbing professional will address any issues you have with your fixtures, like shutoff valve leaks or joint leaks.

We can help take care of these processes for you. Getting your cottage ready properly means you ensure that your pipes, fixtures and appliances are protected from damage.  Contact us at info@pipemasters.ca or call (289) 404-9063 to schedule an appointment. 

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