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House Works: Winterizing tricks make cottage close-ups better

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Winterizing tricks

Winterizing a cottage can be a daunting process! Here are some tips and tricks to make your life a little easier at the end of the season. Moisture inside a cottage during the winter can cause problems, so for an inexpensive fix give Moisture Grabbers a try! Small air compressors are the best option for thoroughly draining your pipes. Seal your front door with a strip of metal so the mice can't wiggle their way in! "The trick is getting the close-up done well, without hassles, knowing that your cottage is safe and sound until spring comes again."

House Works: Winterizing tricks make cottage close-ups better

Beating Mold, Mildew & Mustiness Cottages sometimes get musty and moldy when interior moisture levels get too high, with no way of lowering these levels remotely from where you live in the winter. Leaving some heat on in the cottage over winter is either too expensive or simply impossible. And you can’t use a dehumidifier, either. They won’t work unattended for months even if your cottage was warm enough to allow one to operate. Besides, dehumidifiers gobble $50 to $100 of electricity per month depending on the size of the unit. So how do you reduce moisture levels inside the cottage when you’re not there? New moisture-absorbing technology is one option. The best I’ve seen so far are called Moisture Grabbers. They’re a Canadian invention by a company called Concrobium, and they’re larger versions of the little pouches you see inside packages of beef jerky or electronics. Moisture Grabbers absorb water from the air, lowering humidity and preventing things from hitting that mold-promoting dew point level. Pouches like these can’t remove as much moisture as a dehumidifier, but according to tests I’ve done, they can make a big difference in small bedrooms, bathrooms, cabinets and dressers. Just open the pouch, lay it down, and it keeps soaking up moisture until you come back in the spring. Fittings like these allow air to be pumped into cottage water systems from a small compressor, making drainage faster and more certain. You can find these at any hardware store. STEVE MAXWELL / -

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