I recently purchased a weekend house in the Hudson Valley. New to home ownership but need to prepare for the winter. I have a rough plan to ensure the pipes don't burst, especially while we are not at the house. Is my plan sensible, what else should I do?
Setup: One level house with basement. Three zone boiler with baseboard heating, two zones on main level and one in basement.
- Leave heat on during week at 50 deg in all three zones. This should keep all interior spaces warm enough barring a power outage.
- Insulate all water pipes, both potable water and heating.
- Install stop and waste valves to remove water from pipes that feed unused bathroom/sink.
- When leaving for week shut off main line to minimize damage in event of a burst pipe.