Owning a vacation home at Lake of the Ozarks is a privilege. You've got a prime destination to vacation to during the Spring/Summer months. However, if you leave your Lake home unattended during the Winter, it's wise to ensure it's prepared to handle the frigid elements. In this week's blog, the best mortgage lender at Lake of the Ozarks, Michel Lasson, is here to give you a few tips to keep your home protected during the offseason.
Winterizing Your Home: Pipes & Indoor Maintenance
You'll want to ensure that your home is well insulated. Checking for any drafts and sealing holes or cracks with some form of insulation (foam works wonderfully), weather stripping, or caulk. You should also add insulation or a source of heat around areas of the home with piping. You can utilize heat tape, or even blankets to help insulate these areas to prevent pipes from freezing. To go a step further, keep a small trickle of water running from faucets; this allows water to continue to flow. Be sure to check the thermostat before you head out, keeping it set between 55 - 60 degrees. You could also consider installing a water leak detection system to notify you in the event of a leak.
Clear your gutters of any debris to prevent ice dams on your roof. Installing gutter screens or "helmets" can prevent leaves and other items from clogging your gutters while your away. It's also advised to trim overhanging limbs from trees in case they fall under the weight of snow or ice. Damage sustained from large branches falling on your home is a costly and unpleasant ordeal. Doing preventative maintenance now could save you a lot of headaches later on. To help prevent your outdoor plumbing fixtures from freezing, we recommend disconnecting and storing any hoses, as well as shutting off the water to these sources. Be sure to drain the lines and hoses as well to prevent any existing water from freezing within them.
Warding Off Pests
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