Preparing Your WaterMate for Winter: A Step-by-Step Guide
While it’s not mandatory to decommission your WaterMate system for the winter, taking this step can prolong the components’ lifespan. The decommissioning process is quite similar for both the WaterMate Pro and Mini models. Here’s a straightforward guide to help you through the process:
1. Drain the Pipes:
- Begin by draining all the water from the pipes to prevent freezing. To do this:
- Remove the end plug from the 13mm LDPE distribution pipe.
- Lift one end of the pipe to allow water to flow out and empty the pipe.
- Reattach the end plug. If it’s loose, you may need to trim the pipe slightly for a secure fit.
2. Prepare the Control Unit:
- For solar-powered units, ensure that the control unit is fully charged.
- Bring the control unit inside and switch it off for the winter.
- If you have a mains-powered unit, also bring the control unit and power supply indoors.
3. WaterMate Mini Pump:
- If you own a WaterMate Mini, remove the pump from the system.
- Thoroughly dry the pump, and store it in a cool, dry place for the winter.
4. WaterMate Pro Pump:
- The WaterMate Pro pump can be left in place during the winter.
- Disconnect the inlet and outlet connectors from the pump.
- Run a few pumping cycles to ensure all the water is removed.
5. Protect the Connectors:
- To prevent water from entering and causing damage, cover any open connectors on the pump, solar panel, and water valves.
- You can use insulating tape or place these connectors in a waterproof bag for added protection.
By following these steps, you can help safeguard your WaterMate system against the potential harm that freezing temperatures can cause and ensure it continues to function optimally when spring arrives.