How Do I Winterize an Outdoor Shower?
Winter is coming and you installed an outdoor shower without frost protection? Then it's time to think about protecting your shower. You now have two options for protecting your shower from frost in winter.
1. The garden shower is disassembled and stored in a frost-free room
Most manufacturers recommend removing and storing outdoor showers in a frost-free location during the winter. This prevents damage to the ink cartridges and accessories. Please follow the steps below:
Install a shut-off valve for your outdoor shower so the system can drain completely in the winter. Turn off the water supply in time for the first frost. Then open all shower valves and fittings to allow any remaining water to drain completely. You can still dry the inside of the shower with compressed air (if you have it). Unscrew the shower body from the mounting box or floor. Clean the shower head with a stainless steel cleaner and store it in a frost-free room. PLEASE NOTE: Showers should not be stored near chlorine gas or steel beams to avoid lightning rusting.
2. Where the outdoor garden shower goes
However, many of our customers prefer to have their showers outside, even in winter. Here, it's important to keep your outdoor shower cold-proof, as stainless steel showers are prone to frost damage – and this goes for taps and spouts as well. It is important to understand which parts of the shower may be damaged after draining. Condensation can still build up in the shower body even after the water has been drained. In the event of frost, this could refreeze, damaging lines, seals and elements. Therefore, at our latitude, it is advisable to remove accessories such as faucet parts, filters, and hand showers and store them in a frost-free room.
Important: Install a shut-off valve for your outdoor shower so the system drains completely in the winter. Turn off the water supply in time for the first frost. Then open all shower valves and fittings to allow any remaining water to drain completely. After that, remove all external parts. Better to use some compressed air (compressor) to dry the hose or water tank (solar shower). The valve remains open. Clean the shower head with regular cleaner or stainless steel cleaner. We recommend removing the ink cartridges. To prevent water from entering any openings, cover the shower column with a tarpaulin or protective cover if necessary.
3. Remove the cartridge/replace the cartridge
The cartridge replacement is similar for most models. See examples of cold water fittings and hot and cold water fittings here. If your shower has a diverter, remove the filter from there as well.
PLEASE NOTE!!In spring, the showers are usually turned on again. But here too, night frosts appear, which can damage the cartridges! This is where most of the damage happens. If you need spare parts, you can always order from us.