As we all know, winter weather can be a real challenge for our vacation homes. These properties, left unoccupied for extended periods of time, can be especially vulnerable to damage from the cold and snow. In this article, we’ll be discussing the effects of winter weather on plumbing and septic systems in vacation homes and sharing some tips on how to get them ready for winter.
Now, we all know the frustration of having our pipes freeze and burst. It’s a costly headache that can be prevented by making sure those pipes are properly insulated, especially in exterior walls and drafty areas. And don’t forget to keep a watchful eye on those pipes, making sure they don’t freeze in low temperatures. If they do, it’s important to thaw them out safely and quickly, so as to avoid any further damage.
Winter weather can also have a negative impact on our septic systems. The cold temperatures can cause waste to freeze up in the pipes, leading to clogs and backups. To avoid any septic headaches, it’s important to regularly pump the septic tank to get rid of any waste buildup. Make sure the system is properly insulated, and keep the ground around the tank clear of snow and ice.
Finally, it’s important to make sure our homes are properly sealed against drafts. This will help keep the interior warm, reducing the risk of frozen pipes. And it’ll also help prevent water damage from leaking pipes and roofs.
With Virginia weather, you never know if next week will bring warmth or frigid temps. It’s important to be proactive in order to protect your investments. Be sure to follow these tips and call Miller’s Services with any of your concerns as they arise. The Miller’s Services team is here for you, and we’re happy to help.