Well, as much as I truly hate to say it, Fall is in the air, in fact, Fall has arrived, and with it, the cooler temperatures that remind us cottagers that after Fall comes Winter and that means, depending on where your cottage is, it will soon be time to shut the water off and drain the cottage plumbing system to protect it from freezing.
Of course that’s really not all that needs to be done either. Remember, you are closing the cottage, and chances are, you won’t be back for a little while, or perhaps for a long while depending on your circumstances, distance to the camp etc.
So there are things you need to do to close the cottage and get it ready to make it through another long winter without you.
Now…. don’t panic, it isn’t winter yet, in fact, you have lots of time, unless your cottage is quite far north, and temperatures are already dropping below freezing at night.
Otherwise, you still have some time left, several more weekends to enjoy running water at the cottage, while you also enjoy those crisp, cool autumn days admiring the brightly colored autumn leaves on the hardwood trees.
But it is time to start thinking about it, particularly if you have stuff you bring home from the camp for the winter, like outboard motors, chainsaws and other tools and equipment. Don’t forget canned goods and other foodstuffs that will spoil if you forget them over the winter.
I have a couple of previous posts related to closing up the cottage, and now might be a good time to direct you towards them, the first is Shutting Off The Water and the second one is a checklist of things to do when you are Closing The Cottage
I hope you find them useful, and I would love to hear your comments and any tips or tricks you have for closing your camp up for winter.
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