As you’ve probably noticed, it’s getting colder and we’re all wrapping up and bracing ourselves when venturing outside, but don’t forget that if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to protect your static caravan or holiday lodge from the elements too.
During last year’s ‘big freeze’, Leisuredays handled more burst pipe and escape of water claims than ever before. No one wants to return to their holiday home to discover substantial damage and the upheaval of getting it sorted, so it’s important that you take steps to reduce the likelihood of this damage happening.
We’ve already seen some heavy snow fall this winter, and with conditions forecast to worsen in the run up to Christmas now is the time to think about protecting your holiday home.
Certain precautions are necessary to prevent burst pipes, boiler damage, water heater damage and escape of water at this time of year.
If you’re not occupying your caravan or lodge during the winter, then you should turn the water off at the mains and ensure all equipment is fully drained down (excluding sealed central heating systems containing antifreeze).
Alternatively, leave your central heating system set at the manufacturer’s recommended temperature to avoid frost damage.
If you haven’t got chance to nip over to your holiday home in the next few weeks, why not try giving your park a call to see if they can do this for you. Many parks offer a professional ‘drain down’ service at a small cost, it’s a convenient service that means you can be sure you’re holiday home has the best possible chance of avoiding water damage in freezing temperatures.
The main thing is to act now to ensure your holiday home is ready for winter and you can enjoy a stress free and happy Christmas!
Also check out our previous advice on preparing your static caravan or holiday lodge for the winter.