Many who live in cold, snowy climates feel the best way to enjoy the holiday season, is to fly away to a warm and sunny destination for some fun in the sun with our friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, 2020 may not be the year for a tropical vacation. So where will people be heading for the holidays this year?
A cozy winter wonderland vacation at the summer cabin sounds great!
Since flights to a sunny beach may be out of the question, many are creating a backup plan and heading to the cabin for the holidays. Make sure your winter vacation memories are happy ones by planning to winterize your plumbing and keep ice and snow at bay. Let’s look at some other tips to get your house ready for the changing season!
Prepare Your Vehicle
The last thing you want is to get snowed in should you need to make an escape. Ensure your vehicle is ready to go:
- Install winter tires and/or pack snow chains
- Make sure tires are inflated to the correct pressures (including the spare tire!)
- Bring a heavy duty, weather resistant extension cord to power your block heater
- Pack a small folding shovel in case you need to dig yourself out of a snowbank
- Pack extra blankets, food and water in case you get stuck or delayed along the way
Bring Critical Tools and Supplies
- Snow shovel
- Axe (for firewood but also to cut ice out of the lake in the event you need drinking water)
- Flashlights and other emergency light sources in case of a power outage
- Extra batteries
- Snow suits, mittens, etc.
- Sleds, cross-country skis, snowshoes, etc.
Prepare the Building for Cold Winter Weather
- Ensure the heating system is functioning properly
- Check windows and doors for drafts and fix any issues with weather stripping and/or caulking. Consider storm doors or upgraded windows if necessary.
- Make sure there are no trees that pose a risk to people or property. Dead or dying trees could be at risk of falling in heavy ice or snow.
Don’t Let Frozen Pipes Ruin Your Winter Vacation
Many cottages are designed for use in summer, but exposed pipes and under-insulated basements can cause unexpected problems when the mercury drops.
The good news is, there are many DIY products that can make efforts to winterize your plumbing, and protecting a summer cabin easier than ever.
nVent RAYCHEM FrostGuard products are available in plug-and-play 120-Volt configurations that any DIY-er can easily use to keep the pipes flowing. This option also comes with added benefits, including:
- Easy installation: These kits come pre-assembled so there is no need to work with an electrician to get it set up at your cabin
- Energy-efficient: Self-regulating heating cables mean that your system will never overheat (even when overlapped), and run only when the ambient temperature calls for it
- Reliable: nVent RAYCHEM FrostGuard products come with a two-year warranty and and are relatively maintenance free after installation
It’s not only pipe freeze protection that nVent RAYCHEM FrostGuard products are designed for. You can also use this system to protect your roofs and gutters.
Winterize Your Plumbing Before You Head Home
This is particularly important if you’re not going to return until the spring. Turn off the water supply to the building and to any external hose bibs. Open spigots and taps to drain the system. Empty toilets and consider using eco-friendly RV antifreeze to prevent water from freezing in let any traps or s-bends in drain lines.
If you are planning a winter getaway to your summer home, make sure that it’s ready to keep you safe. An ounce of prevention will ensure this year’s vacation memories are happy ones for the entire family.
Learn more about nVent RAYCHEM FrostGuard solutions, and use our easy Where to Buy locator and find an nVent RAYCHEM distributor near you.