Systems And Types
an excerpt from:
Property Preservation Winterization: Contractor Guide & Reference
The terminology used in this guide is standard in the construction industry. The word “system” is used when discussing various aspects of a building. For instance, electrical system, plumbing system and heating/cooling system.
When you perform a winterization you are primarily concerned with two systems:
- the plumbing system
- and the heating/cooling system
There are three types of heating/cooling systems. There is normally only one heating/cooling system and it will be one of three types:
- dry heat
- radiant heat
- steam heat
Normally only one, but yes, there can be more than one type of heating/cooling system. You will find properties that have either a gas or electric furnace blowing dry heat and maybe a heating system boiler with radiators. There may even a wood burning stove.
Here’s the bottom line. Your potential enemy is water. If it uses water, you must winterize it. What comes to mind? Of course, the plumbing system and the heating/cooling system. Other systems that use water are mentioned by some companies in their winterization procedures. They are:
- pool plumbing systems
- sprinkler systems
- water softener systems
- fire control systems
- and although not systems, let’s not forget appliances that use water like refrigerators with water or ice in the door, dish washing machines, ice machines, some wine storage apparatus and so forth.
These are the things you will look for and winterize.