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Posted on 10/13/2018 in Category 1

Preparing Your Cottage or Cabin for Winter

Preparing Your Cottage or Cabin for Winter

You are probably still enjoying the last days of fall and don’t want to think about winter and snow yet. Whether or not you spend time at your cottage or cabin during the winter, now is the best time to prepare for the changing seasons

Our tips can help you keep your “home away from home” safe and secure for this upcoming winter season. 1. If you don’t plan to return to your cottage or cabin during the winter, consider turning off your water, draining your water supply from the pipes and adding anti-freeze to your drains.

Remove any perishable food items and take the opportunity to clean your fridge and freezer and cupboards. This will save you from any unpleasant surprises when you return to your seasonal property.  

Your wood stove and fireplace should be well cleaned. Make sure you dispose of any coals and ashes safely, it will reduce the risk of fire and save you from returning to a big mess during the changing seasons. If you have a chimney, use a chimney cap or cover to stop unwanted visitors from getting in. Unplug major appliances.

Clean your eavestroughs, downspouts and inspect your roof. Leave your downspouts down to allow water to drain away from your home. This maintenance will reduce the risk of water damage through ice jams or leaks. This tip is very important even if you plan to use your cottage or cabin during the winter. Make arrangements for regular snow removal from your driveway and roof. This will ensure easy access to your property over winter and can prevent damage to your roof from a heavy snow load.  

Before you lock up and head home be sure to check your seasonal property insurance policy as you may be required to check on your property at certain time intervals.

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