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How to Winterize Your Beach House

Whether that summer cottage is in the North or the South, this guide will get it prepared for the coldest nights and worst storms to put your mind at ease when you're not around.


  • Step 1: Install storm shutters to protect your windows and doors if your beach house is in a hurricane zone or an area prone to bad weather.
  • TIP: Trim trees and shrubs near the house to make them more aerodynamic and resistant to strong winds.
  • Step 2: Unplug electronics such as televisions, DVD players, coffee makers, night lights, and refrigerators. Once finished, lock up with the knowledge your beach house is well winterized.
  • FACT: The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season shattered records with 28 named storms, 15 of which became hurricanes.
  • Step 3: Check windows for leaks or gaps in the frame. Use caulk to fill the holes to prevent any water leakage during storms and other bad weather.
  • TIP: Furniture and electronics are designed to be in air temperatures of no less than 40 degrees.
  • Step 4: Use pipe insulation to protect the pipes in the basement and near exterior walls from freezing and bursting during the winter.
  • Step 5: Check the roof for loose shingles or exposed flashing. Clean the gutters and be sure there is proper drainage away from the home.
  • Step 6: Set your thermostat to fifty degrees to avoid expensive heating bills when you're not around while also protecting everything inside your beach house.
  • Step 7: Shut off the water for your beach house and then open all the faucets and flush the toilets to clear the lines. Add a biodegradable antifreeze to the sewer traps for added protection.

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