It’s every caravan owner’s worst nightmare – returning to the park after the winter close down to find that a burst pipe has caused catastrophic damage! At this time of year it’s really important to consider the impact of frost damage and ensure that you are prepared.
At this time it’s important that you are prepared, and to take the necessary measures to protect your holiday home whilst unoccupied against frost damage.
Firstly, check your insurance policy to see how cover is provided during periods when the caravan is unoccupied, you should be aware of any exclusions or restrictions which apply.
Next, refer to your ‘Manufacturer’s Handbook’, this will provide specific guidance about your system. If you are unsure about conducting the process yourself, ask your park for assistance – many offer a winterisation service and it’s worth considering if you don’t have the ability, time or equipment to undertake the drain down.
Locating the stopcock is a very useful exercise. If it is easily accessed, make sure that you turn it off whenever you leave the caravan, especially if you have arranged for the park or a contractor to undertake the full drain down. Turning off the mains water supply will significantly minimise any damage caused by any burst pipes in the interim.
Lots of our members are happy to do their own drain down, if this if something you are considering then here’s our guide:
It is also advisable to ensure that all exposed piping is adequately lagged. When returning to your holiday home, simply reverse the procedure above.
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Published on 10 November 2017 By Dan Ellacott