Avoid a nasty surprise at your cottage next spring
Cottage season is coming to an end, but there are a few things you can do when closing up your cottage this fall to avoid animal infestations and make it easier to open next year. Here’s a handy checklist:
If you are leaving the electricity on at your cottage:
• Go room to room and unplug any unnecessary electrical devices. Consider turning off the power supply to major appliances or space heaters at the main panel.
• Remember to change the batteries if using a digital thermostat to control your electric furnace or baseboard heaters. If your batteries are dead, power outages and restorations can reset the thermostat to a setting of 20 to 22⁰C. It is likely this setting is much higher than your chosen setting and will result in an unexpected high bill.
If you are turning off the electricity at your cottage:
• Go room to room to turn off and unplug all electrical devices before flipping the main power switch.
• Drain the plumbing system to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
• Drain your water tank. Just remember to turn off the power supply to the water heater first to avoid damaging the heating element.
• Leave the door to the refrigerator ajar to avoid a foul smell in the spring. Remove all food from the refrigerator and cupboards.
• Ensure all windows are closed and the fireplace damper is shut tightly to prevent animals from getting inside during the winter.
• Store extension cords in rodent-proof containers. Check all cords for damage before using them again in the spring.
• Take photos of each room and outside the cottage just in case there’s damage during the winter and you need to file a claim with your insurance company. Find more information at www.hydroone.com.