Power outage alerts
A power outage can cause frozen pipes or ruin the contents of your fridge and freezer. Power outage alerts helps you prevent it.
Half of all power outages in Norway are caused by natural factors such as lightning strikes, wind, snow, ice or trees toppled by the wind. The power grid is usually more susceptible to long outages in far of areas where conditions might be rougher and repair personnel further away. Many hours or a whole night might pass before the power is back. In that time temperatures might drop significantly inside the cabin and cause pipes to freeze. Our Base Units have a built in backup battery that ensures that you will be alerted in the app and by SMS if the power in your cabin goes out. You will also be able to monitor the temperature while the power is out, making it easier to decide on the best course of action.
Fridge and freezer
There is some disagreement on what you should do with your fridge and freezer while you are away. If you’re not coming back in the near future, it might be best to empty and unplug them before you leave. This ensures that you will not be met with the stench of rotting food the next time you arrive. If the temperature in your cabin drops too low however, this might cause damage to your appliances, even when they are unplugged. Fridges are not designed to handle ambient temperatures below 10 degrees, and such conditions might cause the warranty to be lost.
Drains and outflow pipes
It’s not unusual for the power to go out as a result of ice forming on power cables. Under such conditions a power outage may have even more catastrophic consequences, since the low temperature will affect your indoor plumbing. A drop of one degree per hour is to be expected when the outside temperature is minus 10 degrees.
One important precaution is to close the main stopcock valve, and then to drain the remaining water from the pipes. To make certain that there’s no water left you can install a pressurized air valve and expel any remaining water with a compressor.
To avoid damage to toilets and outflow pipes it is recommended that you pour in antifreeze before leaving. Many cabins have a hot water tank. This should also be emptied. This is usually not advisable if you have a water heater, since emptying it of water may harm the heating element.