Closing your site for the season
By making sure you spend a little bit of time preparing your site for shut down, you can avoid nasty surprises like burst pipes, and make sure re-opening next season is as easy as possible. Follow our helpful hints and tips to help you prepare your site for Winter.
Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe is not usually the reason why a water pipe can burst: it’s the water pressure created between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. It's this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure. However, the water inside a pipe still has to freeze for these ice blockages to occur so by making sure that tanks and pipes are drained and adequately protected by insulation you should avoid any incidents. You can choose tubular-sleeve insulation as well. It comes in a variety of sizes and is the easiest to install. Simply cut the sleeve to length and wrap it around the pipe. If more than one sleeve is needed to cover a longer pipe, be sure to duct tape the seam where the pipes meet. When insulating around corners or T-joints, cut slits or make angles where necessary, and secure these areas with duct tape. Alternatively, you can wind a few layers of bubble wrap around the pipe and secure with tape.
If you have water heaters and toilets on site we recommend emptying these tanks and WC cisterns where possible. It is also good practice to turn off the water supply by the stopcock. Some people add non-toxic anti-freeze to toilet cisterns and pans to stop these from freezing up but please make sure that if you do this, it is NOT IN DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS.
To help keep your CDP in good condition, and in preparation for re-opening your site next season, consider having your chemical disposal point emptied. It is also a good idea to keep the access covered over.
After spending all year keeping your grass beautifully manicured, don’t let winter ruin it! Experts recommend making your last regular cut in November, and then just a light high cut (topping) at any time throughout the winter to keep the lawn looking smart.
Machinery such as lawn mowers and any hand tools and general equipment should be cleaned and stored inside to protect against weather damage.
Letting campers know that your site is closed for the season is a good idea, particularly if you have a ‘booking not necessary’ policy. Your entry with the Club will automatically state that the site is closed if you have already notified us, but if you have your own website it might be worth putting a notice on to say that you are now closed and give a date when you plan to re-open / take bookings for next season etc.
If you're not using the land for anything else during the winter months, keep the gate securely locked with a heavy duty chain and padlock to avoid any unexpected campers! If you have any outbuildings such as toilets and showers, its also worth keeping these secure while the site is going to be empty - you dont want a family of foxes taking up residence while you're not around!
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