Prepare for Vacation
When you leave your home for extended periods during the winter, consider shutting off the water to your house and draining your plumbing system, so you won’t have to worry about freezing pipes or other plumbing failures while you’re gone.
There are also a variety of freeze alarms you can purchase for your home, which can monitor the temperature in your home and send you a text message or email alerting you if temperatures fall to a dangerous level. If you are a “snowbird” that leaves your northern home for a warmer climate in the winter, such a monitor is indispensable insurance. Costs can range from $50 to several hundred dollars, but the peace of mind is well worth the investment.
And speaking of insurance, make sure your homeowner’s policy is up to date and has good coverage for the type of damage that can be incurred by freezing temperatures.