After getting our first taste of winter over the weekend it’s time to make sure your home and toys are prepared. Here are a few things to remember to winterize:
Hoses/Outdoor Faucets – Make sure that you have disconnected your hose from the house, this will prevent any freezing in the faucet.
Sprinkler System – If you have an air compressor you can blow out the lines by connecting to the vacuum breaker and running each zone. Also remember to close off the valves to your vacuum breaker once you have completed blowing the lines out.
Boat – The most important thing is to remember to pull the drain plugs on your boat, this varies by motor but is simple to do. Also, you should drop your outdrive and start the motor to clear out any residual water left in it. Your battery should also be removed and remember to charge it about once a month in the off season or put it on a battery tender if you have one of those. Finally fog your motor – this is done by spraying a solution into the intake of the motor while running, this provides lubrication to the top part of the motor. If you have fuel left in the tank, remember to add a stabilizer to it.
RV – Drain the water from your tanks and blow out the lines. Newer RV’s have a place you can connect an air hose to and you simply open the faucets to clear them of water. (Remember the toilet!) Some recommend adding the RV anti-freeze into the system to further protect it, at the least pour some RV anti-freeze into the drains of all sinks and showers. Also, it is important to remove the battery and place in the garage on a battery tender. Make sure that your propane is shut off and any stabilizer is added to the fuel tank.