Poll Results: What you think about draining down

holiday home in snow

The results are in from our poll to find out how our readers handle preparing their static caravan for winter, with the majority of people opting to drain down their static themselves (54%) or get their park to do it instead (29%).

Very few people (a total of 3%) choose not to drain down, or don’t know what it means, which is great news as static caravans left to their own devices over winter are at huge risk of frozen or burst pipes which can cause severe damage, particularly if not discovered straight away.

Here’s the results of the poll:

pie chart drain down

It’s always worth asking your park for advice on draining down to check you have done everything necessary. To save you the hassle they will usually do all the draining down for you for a modest fee. This will usually involve blowing pressurised air around the system to get every last drop of water out of the system.

Whether you decide to do it yourself or not, it’s a good idea to read our advice on draining down your static caravan.

4 comments on “Poll Results: What you think about draining down

  1. Pleas note new email address. Formerly beaconhouse@tiscali.co.uk

    Didn’t know that pressurised air could be blown through the pipes. We usually use our van over the winter period on occasions but will give it a try with a contractor if it is left for a significant time. Thanks for the info.

  2. In 6 years I’ve had various people charge for draining down, including the park owners. However I discovered 2 years ago that lodges around here cannot be drained down as the access to all the necessary taps valves etc has been build around and blocked by the surrounding decking. So I’ve wasted my money every year! Now I just leave the heating on low, it’s cheaper!

  3. I live in a static caravan in Scotland and must move out for one month as my caravan is not on a residential site. do I need to drain it down even if my combi boiler has a sign that says it has antifreeze and should not be drained ?

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