(NC)—Once the temperature drops and the leaves start to change, saying goodbye to your beloved summer retreat can be tough. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada wants to help ease you through this transition by offering advice on how to keep your cottage or cabin safe and damage-free during the winter.
“Closing your cottage with care at the end of the season can save you from unnecessary stress in the spring,” says Karen Benner, spokesperson for Allstate Canada. “By safeguarding your holiday home now, you will have more time to enjoy it when you return after the winter.”
According to data from Allstate Canada, wind damage is the number one claim for cottagers (24 per cent), followed by water damage (17 per cent) and theft (15 per cent).
Allstate Canada wants to help Canadians better protect their cottages or cabins and offers the following advice:
Prevent spring floods
• Inspect your roof and prevent potential leaks by replacing any missing or broken shingles.
• Shut off and drain plumbing, as lingering water can freeze in the pipes over the winter and cause them to burst.
• Clean out the eavestroughs and make sure they are clear of leaf buildup and saplings, which can obstruct drainage when the snow melts.
Don't let the wind wreak havoc
• Trim your trees and remove any objects that could become projectiles during a storm such as lawn furniture, ornaments and barbecues.
• Burglar-proof your cottage by boarding all windows and securing all openings to deter thieves, and take your more valuable possessions home with you.
• If you own a boat, store it in an enclosed and locked building.
• Plan to visit your cottage periodically or have a neighbour occasionally stop by.
More information on how to protect your cottage for the winter is available at goodhandsadvice.ca.