Recently I attended a four day seminar in Lake Placid and successfully completed the NY State Licensed Guides program. This week I was rewarded with the official documents, ID card and pin. We're currently working on updating my website to add a list of guide services. I'm pretty excited. More to come in the next few weeks.
In the last two-week or so the Lake Luzerne, Sacandaga Region has received up to 20 inches of new snow and extremly cold temperatures. The extended forecast has us receiving possibly another 20+ by the end of next week. If you own an older camp its probably a good idea to have someone check it out now and if necessary have them shovel or snow rake the roof, especially the weaker out buildings. Another thing we've experienced this week, due to the cold weather furnaces are breaking down, pipes are freezing and we're finding extensive damage to the interiors. My recommendation is to have someone go and check out your property real soon.
Whether you own a seasonal or four season camp, cottage or vacation home it's important to keep your investment protected while you are away.
Pipes - should be priority one. To prevent freezing or bursting set your temperature to at least 65 degrees and open the hot water faucets to just a drip. The other option is to completely drain all lines at the end of the season. Should your pipes burst have the water turned off immediately and contact your insurance agent.
Ice Dams and Unsalted Driveways - Clear the gutters to prevent ice buildup and have your walkways shoveled every storm.
Trees - Falling tree limbs can puncture your roof. Be wary of overhanging branches and have them trimmed back.
Roof - Buidup of snow over time can cause a roof to collapse. Have snow removed from all buildings on a regular basis throughout the winter.
Having a friend or neighbor to watch your valuable property doesn't always mean prevention. Friends and neighbors will check on your place at their convenience, hiring a Caretaker is a better option. A Caretaker makes this their priority.