Winterizing your home away from home

SHAWVILLE Sept. 12, 2018
With the summer activity circuit winding to a close and the trees prepare to change colour and strip down for another year, this is the time many folks are winterizing their cottages. Whether you’re an old hand at this annual chore or a complete newbie, these tips will have your home away from home secured for the scourge of winter in no time.

Don’t burst your pipes
Turn off the water and drain the pipes: this is a no-brainer and should be at the top of the winterizing checklist. The damage a sudden change in temperatures could do to your pipes or tank is immense, so draining them thoroughly is key.

Prevent a cold bowl
Adding a touch of antifreeze to your toilet bowls, sinks and shower drains is another step you can take to counteract the cold weather.

Preventing a zoo
Seal your windows and cover screens to keep out critters looking for a place to hibernate.

Bring it in

Move your barbeque and any outdoor furniture like deck chairs into the shed or at least cover them up. Disconnecting the propane tank is also a good idea.

Don’t risk a surge
Unplug any appliances or electronics in case of a power surge.

Clean out the leftovers
Toss any food left in the kitchen. It won’t look (or smell) so appealing by the time you’re opening the cottage next summer. Except spam, spam never goes bad.

Check for leaks
Check and patch the roof, if needed. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and a small leak can become a big problem fast.

Wrap it up
Protect your furniture and mattresses with plastic or cloth, unless the smell of dust and mothballs is the cottage aesthetic you’re going for.

Kodak, for insurance
Have updated pictures of your property, for insurance purposes. There’s no telling the damage a falling branch or flood could cause, so keeping your records up to date is important.

Follow these steps and next year’s escape from the rat race will be as tranquil and painless as you planned.

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