Summer has sadly come to an end and winter is slowly encroaching on our wistful boating memories. It’s time to think about wrapping up the cottage. There are the obvious steps to take such as storing your outdoor furniture, canoes/kayaks and barbecue. But what about the steps people usually forget about? The list below ensures you won’t miss anything when it’s time to wrap up the cottage season.
Winterizing your Plumbing
Winterizing plumbing pipes in your cottage is something that can be time-consuming. But this step will save your plumbing from freezing temperatures that can cause leaks and breaks. As water freezes and becomes ice, it expands producing pressure in the pipes. If you plan to be away from your cottage for an extended period of time, winterizing your plumbing is highly recommended.
First you will want to shut off the main water valve, turn off the water pump as well as the water heater. Next, open all drain valves and all taps, and using an air compressor, blow out any excess water that may still be in the pipes. Allow this water to drain out of the hot water and holding tank. As an additional measure, you can add antifreeze to the jet pump case. Flush toilets and remove water from the tanks and toilet bowls. Add antifreeze if there happens to be excess water to prevent the water from freezing and cracking the toilet.
Keep the Sump Pump going
Your sump pump should stay on as it will remove any accumulated water in the basement of your cottage. However, you will want to take precautionary measures such as having a battery backup or wireless alarm. Another option is having a generator backup for your sump pump in case there is ever a power outage. You will need to hire a licensed electrical contractor for this to hook the generator up to the electrical panel.
Inspect your roof for damaged shingles and replace them if necessary. Clean out the gutters as they can cause water to back up under the shingles causing damage to the roof structure below. Trim overhanging branches that could potentially dump extra snow on the roof. Wait until all leaves have fell (if possible) before cleaning the gutters.
Leaving the Cottage
Before leaving the cottage, ensure all appliances are disconnected. Shut off all breakers at the electrical panel and review your checklist to make sure everything has been completed. Take photos of everything in case there is unrepairable weather damage and you must submit insurance claims. Complete a final inspection of the property, lock up your cottage and enjoy your ride home!
By planning ahead and bringing a checklist you’re already well on your way to a quick and easy cottage wrap-up. Another pro tip is to use a reliable vehicle. Here at BOATsmart! our trusted vehicle of choice has and always will be Nissan. The trucks have amazing towing capabilities, safety features and a wide range of to choose from. They are the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure and trusted for all family trips! As a BOATsmart! cardholder, you receive dealer invoice pricing on Nissan vehicles plus any current dealer offers.