Why & How You Need to Winterize – Checklist
A. WINTERIZE YOUR PROPERTY TO PREVENT COSTLY DAMAGE AND LOSS OF WATER.
B. HEAT SOURCES SUCH AS PROPANE CAN RUN OUT DURING VERY COLD WEATHER
C. CHECK LIST
1. Always make sure that the water is shut off at the street when gone for an extended period of time.
2. If you submit to us the form to keep your water on and all is properly winterized, we the Water Company will not turn off your water.
3. If you have an underground hookup or a frost-free hydrant, a water leave on form must still be filled out and signed and returned to the Utility Company before Nov. 1st. No water/garden hoses may be connected to a frost-free hydrant during freezing weather.
4. If you have a winterized box over the water connection, it must comply with our regulations (see water leave considerations). Also, where the water enters your RV or building, proper insulation is also needed. All water pipes underneath an RV or building should be well insulated with indoor heat present.
5. To properly winterize and vacate your RV or house for the winter, you should as appropriate:
a. Shut off your water. Water Company personnel will shut off the street valve unless you have a Frost-free and underground.
b. Turn off and drain your hot water heater (never drain the water heater when it is hot or under pressure). Most water heater manufacturers recommend that you drain the sediments that build up at least once a year anyway.
c. Drain the fresh water storage tank.
d. Empty toilet and add anti-freeze.
e. Air must be blown through your water lines to remove as much of the remaining water as possible.
f. Non-toxic RV antifreeze must be added to all drains toilets and any place that water is still in your drain pipes or visible.
g. Disconnect and cap the hose hookup to your RV as this may freeze and break off.
6. The above measures are only those needed to prevent water loss. If in doubt have a plumber check or perform the necessary winterization.
7. There are other measures that need to be taken in regards to your Waste Water Plumbing/Holding Tanks, Washing Machines and Ice Maker lines.
8. The internet has some very good RV check lists in regards to winterizing.
9. In the Spring check that there are no hidden leaks such as underneath the floor or RV when turning the water back on.