Mother Nature can sneak up on you like a cat stocking a gopher. Yesterday was beautiful: perfect temps & clear blue skies. Today, not so much. We're expecting snow tonight. Then this coming weekend, the temps will be edging back up.... a tad. Regardless, winter isn't far behind, so this is a perfect time to get your cabin/home winterized. Check out some great tips below.
Fireplace: Time for a Chimney Sweep to come check out your fireplace & make sure it is not only clean, but safe.
Roof: Is your roof ready for rain and snow? Maybe a check up is in order?
Landscaping: Sprinklers (irrigation systems) should be turned off and hoses drained.
Pipes! Make sure exposed pipes are "wrapped." These problems can be so expensive IF they freeze , they may burst.
Weekend cabin/home: If you're a part-timer, make sure you drain your pipes before heading home, and turn off the water. A SHUT OFF VALVE is an awesome item to have installed.
Doors and Windows: Weather-stripping and caulking should be your best friend!
Gutters: Clean out leaves and pine-needles.
Power Outages: In case the power goes out (and it can!): Make sure you have plenty of candles, extra flashlights, loads of batteries & a lantern or two, and matches. Generatorsare always helpful.
Snow Equipment: Place your snow shovels in an easy-to-get-to spot. If you have a snow blower, it's a great time to take it for a "check up." Call ME for a list of companies who plow driveways, etc.
Food and Drinking Water: Bottled water and can(non-perishable) goods should be on hand (3-4 days...just in case)
Helpful (local) sites for tips and supplies:
- LAKE ARROWHEAD COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT(LACSD)
- CRESTLINE LAKE ARROWHEAD WATER DISTRICT (CLAWA)
- RIM LUMBER HARDWARE
Enjoy your home... enjoy the seasons...and don't be caught off guard.