It’s hard to believe winter is on the doorstep, but frosty mornings will begin in as little as a month from now. If you’ve got a seasonal property in Southern or Central Maine and you need to shut it down for the winter – let 207 Plumbing & Heating take care of that for you!
We can handle shutting down and draining the plumbing so you don’t have to worry about frozen pipes. We also take our shutdown services the extra mile and check a number of other important factors that will protect your place through the winter season.
Any water that is left in plumbing fixtures and pipes has the potential to freeze, expand, and cause serious damage. We’ll take care of shutting off the water and draining all the pipes and water lines. We’ll make sure everything is drained, and put antifreeze down every toilet for further protection from freezing.
It’s important to unplug everything electrical that isn’t necessary to leave power going to. Even small appliances can drain electricity, an unnecessary expense when a seasonal property is not in use. It’s also a good prevention against fire to unplug devices and appliances when you’re not going to be there for an extended period of time.
If you do not have or need a sump pump or any security or other power system to be left to operate off electricity, we can shut off the power completely at the main fuse panel. It can be a good idea to leave some exterior lights on and any security devices, as a deterrent against vandalism.
We’ll drain the hot water heater, as well as appliances that use water like the refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine. We don’t want any water left inside that will cause frozen pipe damage to your water system and/or the appliance.
We shut down and drain the well pump if you have a well water system.
Before finishing up your shutdown, we always walk around the exterior of your cottage or camp. We check for any openings that pest could get in through, and close those up if possible.
We’ll check the locks on all potential access points, including windows and bulkheads, locking everything we can.
We’ll do our best to make sure your place is battened down for a harsh Maine winter so when you return in the spring it’s in good shape.
Contact us to schedule your cottage or camp winterizing today!