In my last blog, I mentioned some things you can do to protect your Edmonton Lake Property during the winter. I provided some common safety, sewage, and heating tips you can utilize when winterizing your Edmonton Lake Property. In part two, I want to talk about the visitors that may stop by when you’re not home and how to prevent them from setting up a permanent residence. Whether you live near Lake Wabamun, Isle Lake, or Lac Ste Anne, follow these tips when Winterizing your property.
You might see these animals cute and cuddly; however, they should not be welcomed in your Edmonton Lake Property. Rodents such as mice carry parasites and diseases that are harmful to humans and animals. If that doesn’t worry you, mice can also chew through cables and create holes in walls, doors, furniture, and cupboards. The last thing you want is to come home to a Lake Property with structural, flooding, or electrical faults!
- Raccoons are sneaky little pests, if your Lake Property has a chimney place a wire mesh overtop of the mesh and any outside vents.
- As you would with an RV or camper, remove all food from your house. This includes any canned or dry food such as sugar, spices, and herbs.
- Setup mousetraps in various areas of your home.
- Clean your home thoroughly from top to bottom before you leave. Any breadcrumbs or even an apple core could attract critters looking for a winter retreat.
- Protecting your home from the inside begins with protecting it from the outside. Remove leaves or debris from your home’s gutters.
- To prevent your sprinkler system from freezing, blow it out before you leave.
- Double check the roof of your Edmonton Lake Property and fix any loose or damaged shingles.
- If you are planning on winterizing your boat, leave it in the water until you are completely ready to winterize it.
Until it is flushed during the winterizing process, water remains in your boat’s lower unit of inboard/outdrives and plumping. This water can freeze in a matter of hours if the temperature dips below zero. Water does, however, freeze slower if your boat remains in the lake.
One of the best things you can do when preparing your Lake house for the winter is to stay organized. Make a list of things that need to be done and check them off as you go along. Get your family involved and make it a fun task for everyone. As you drive away from your Edmonton Lake Property you will feel more confident knowing it will be in tip-top shape when you return in the Spring. Thinking about buying a Lake Property? Learn how I can help!