How to Winterize Your Northwoods Cabin
Fall is gorgeous in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but for many, it’s a bittersweet time of saying goodbye to their cabin until next year.
Here are some essential steps to take to ensure your summer cabin is ready for the winter:
- Turn off the water at the main supply point. Frozen pipes will cause you all kinds of headaches if you forget to take this step! Also, make sure to clear your dishwashers, washing machines, and even refrigerators of water.
- Turn down your thermostat, but not all the way. If you have a furnace, turn it down but keep it above freezing.
- Unplug appliances. Unplug your appliances to reduce your electricity bill a few dollars and reduce the risk of fire due to faulty wiring or curious, nibbling rodents.
- Check your foundation. Seal up any cracks with steel wool and spray foam to ensure no critters decide to take up residence over the winter.
- Secure the property. Close the blinds and curtains and, of course, make sure all doors and windows are locked. Consider investing in outside security/motion detector lights that might deter would-be burglars.
Properly preparing your cabin for winter protects your investment and helps ensure a smooth return once it’s warm enough to get back to the cabin.