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Closing the Cottage for the Summer

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Many Canadians look forward to the beginning of October because it means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. However, if you are a cottage owner, this can also be a wistful time because it means the cottage season is now officially over.

While some cottages are suitable for use throughout the year, others must be prepared for the cold weather. Just as there are particular steps when opening a cottage in the springtime, you need to follow a detailed routine when getting one ready for the winter.

Plumbing/Septic Tank/Sump Pump

Cottages not designed for use during the winter months usually include pipes that will freeze during the colder months. It is imperative to drain all the water out because it freezes and expands, causing the pipes to burst. Purchase non-toxic anti-freeze designed for indoor pipes as an extra precaution to prevent unpleasant surprises. Ensure your water supply is off, and check to ensure you have drained all the water from sinks, toilets, and toilet tanks.

If you have not had an inspection lately, it is advisable to have a professional check your septic tank for any problems. Septic tank closing instructions can vary from model to model, so follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.

Your sump pump should remain on during the winter to help prevent flooding.

Electricity and Appliances

Unless you are planning to use a timer for your lights, keep a security system active, or run a sump pump, you should shut down your electricity. Make sure all appliances are off and stop power using the master switch.

If you do wish to leave some power on, make sure to unplug everything you won’t need. You can selectively turn off the various parts of the cottage’s electricity using the appropriate switches in your fuse box. If you use gas, make sure it is also off.

Structure and Property

Inspect the cottage from the roof on downwards and repair any areas that could leak or give way under the weight of accumulated snow. Some areas have companies that will regularly inspect both your cottage and property for anything unusual. They may also perform some basic maintenance, like removing excessive amounts of snow from the roof as a preventative measure. Cottage owners in areas with heavy snowfall sometimes also invest in temporary structural supports to shore up the roof.

Replace any missing or broken shingles, and make sure your eavestroughs are clean and free of obstructions to prevent water build-up and possible leaks. Also, check for cracks or other spots where animals could gain entry. Ensure you have not left any food behind, because it provides an extra enticement for wildlife to try to take up residence. Remove any flammable substances and clean up any other materials that could easily ignite, such as piles of newspapers.

Store things normally found on your property, such as lawn furniture, BBQs, and water vehicles, in a secure, dry building so they will not rust or go missing.

We feel Royal Homes has done a good job. Their employees are professional and courteous and want to make sure you are happy with the finished product.Dawne
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    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

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    Can I really customize my prefab home?

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    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.