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The whimsical days of summer at the cottage have slowly danced into autumn’s cool, crisp arms. It’s that bittersweet time to bid your cherished summer retreat a temporary farewell as the winter winds whisper through the turning leaves. However, before you say goodbye, the noble task of winterizing awaits. 
Providing a shield of amour to your beloved cottage will help keep everything safe during the icy days ahead. Need help figuring out where to start? Our local experts are at the helm to steer you through the winterization process.
Winterization 101
As you embark on this crucial endeavor, the first step to protect your cottage from the chill is draining the water system. Emptying the pipes, the water heater and the pump is your first defense against the notorious frozen pipe debacle that could lead to a water catastrophe come spring.
The next step is insulating the pipes that can’t be drained. Wrap them tenderly in insulation; for added protection, consider heat tape to keep the icy fingers of winter at bay. Our expert team is on standby to provide the perfect insulation solutions tailored to your cottage’s needs.
Consider the heating system. Though your cottage might be resting, maintaining a minimal heat keeps the structure safe from cold-weather-related damage. Set the thermostat to a cozy 55°F, ensuring your cottage isn’t freezing over during your absence.
Shielding Your Cottage
Before the first snowflake descends, sealing the gaps in your cottage is an easy way to keep cold air out. Caulk the windows, doors, and any openings that might invite the wind inside.
Next on the list is attending to your appliances. Unplug and clean them out, ensuring they, too, get a good rest during the winter slumber. Remember the refrigerator! Leave the doors ajar to prevent mold from settling in.
Lastly, call a chimney sweep to ensure your chimney is clean and capped to prevent winter critters from taking up residence. A clean, well-maintained chimney awaits the joyful fires to be lit come early spring.
Assembling Your Frost-Fighting Squad
Your winterization task can be a manageable one. Our friendly team of knowledgeable experts comes with experience. We are ready to guide you through every step of the winterization process. We will ensure your beloved summer refuge stands tall and unscathed through winter’s grasp, prepared to welcome you with open arms as the first buds of spring emerge.

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