How to Winterize Your Cottage Plumbing


If your cottage will be unused during winter months you need to winterize your plumbing to avoid busted pipes and water damage. If the cabin is unheated, any water in the pipes will freeze when the temperatures drop below freezing. Frozen water will expand and break the pipe and leave a mess when it thaws in warmer weather.

What You Need to Do

  • Locate the main plumbing main valve and close it. –This is necessary for you to ensure there is no water entering your cottage while trying to winterize it. In case you do not know where the cottage main valve is located, then you should spend time and study the direction in which the pipes slope.
  • Drain the water pipes—Next you should turn off the pump and drain all the water that may be in the pipes.
  • Drain water from hot water tank and other accessories–In order to ensure there is not water left in the system, you should drain the hot water tank, the toilet, the submersible sump pump and the septic tank. Finally, you should close all the valves to avoid invading water.
  • Open all the cottage taps–In order to get rid of water from the cottage pipes, you should open all the pipes and let water flow out of them. In order to ensure all the water has been drained from the cottage pipes, you can connect an air compressor to the main valve and blow air through the pipes. This will ensure all the water that may have been trapped in the cottage plumbing pipes is drawn out of the pipes.

Winterizing your cottage is not difficult and is well worth the trouble. By winterize an unused cottage you will avoid the mess and expense of repairing broken pipes and cleaning up water when you are ready to enjoy your cottage in the spring.