Winterizing Your Cottage
The leaves are changing colour. The days are shorter. The geese have begun their migration. There's a crispness in the air. Summer is coming to an end, and it's time to start winterizing the cottage. What to do? Where to start? With this checklist, you'll be well on your way:
- Bury the plumbing and insulate it so that it doesn't freeze.
- Insulate walls, floors and ceilings.
- Set up heating, whether propane fireplaces or furnace.
- At minimum, install double glazed thermopane windows.
- Have a standby generator in place in case of power failure.
- Organize snow removal - for in and out access.
- Circulate water to prevent freezing.
- Obtain programmable thermostats to secure heat inside the cottage.
- Prepare to shovel the cottage roof at least once in the winter to prevent roof-damage and leakage due to snow build up.
- Take the boats out of the water - bubble them or take them to storage.
Pull the dock out of the lake to avoid cracking and breaking.
Good luck, and enjoy the winter season!