Tips for getting your lodge winter ready

Many parks close for a month or two over the winter period (depending on the site licence), leaving your property potentially at risk from the elements. By utilising just a few hours of your time and taking the necessary precautions, you could save hundreds of pounds on repair bills in the spring. With this in mind we have put together some top tips to help you prepare your lodge, so you can enjoy the winter months knowing that your lodge is protected.

If at all possible keep your thermostat at a constant 5°C, even when you are not in the property; this is the best way to prevent damage caused by freezing conditions.

The essentials

If you are turning the heating off while the lodge is empty, turn the water supply off at the stop-cock. Remember, if it gets cold enough, standing water will freeze!

  • Drain any residual water from the radiator circuit. 
  • Protect your power shower! If your shower has a shower bar, drain it to minimise damage of the internal mechanism.
  • Empty toilet cisterns, pipework and bowls of standing water as this will expand when frozen and may cause cracking. Tie up water valves and float valves to stop them filling up again.
  • Add plumber’s non-toxic antifreeze to sinks and basins; this will help to protect the pipe-work from hard frosts.
  • Ask the park’s maintenance team to check your water supply riser pipe. This is particularly important if your lodge is newly sited, as these pipes can get knocked during the siting process.
  • If you own an older lodge it might be worth checking your service valves as they can get stuck open. 
  • Remember to clear your fridge and freezer of any food, de-frost and turn it off. If the temperature in the lodge falls below 5*C the fridge thermostat will stop it running.
  • Leave window trickle vents open as this will help air-flow and also help to keep the lodge at a balanced temperature. 
  • Drain any water from your exterior tap pipe-work and cover the tap with an outside tap protector

General maintenance

  • Sweep up any dropped leaves or rubbish as they may attract wildlife from taking refuge under or around your lodge.
  • Clear any moss, twigs or leaves from your guttering and cut back any plants that have grown over or near your drains. A simple removable cover which can be purchased from any good DIY store will assist in keeping it clear.
  • Clean access routes, paths and steps of any sludge and moss to prevent surfaces from becoming slippery and dangerous.
  • Disconnect hosepipes from outside taps, drain the pipes and coil them away until the spring.

If you don’t fancy attempting this yourself, speak to your park maintenance team. Alternatively a local tradesman may be able to help.