A couple of days ago the forecast for here said it was going to be 35 tonight. Just to be safe, I took the hoses off the faucets. I knew the outside faucets were all the freeze proof kind but I thought maybe there were other things we should do. You know . . each house sometimes has its own little weird things. We once had a house that burned and when they rebuilt it, the water pipes went through the attic (instead of the foundation). There was a spot on the north side of the house where the water went from underground to the wall and only about 2″ of pipe were exposed and this was southwest Louisiana but if the temp dropped to 32 degrees for even a short period of time, our water froze so we had to wrap that pipe or leave water dripping.
So, I wrote the former owner and asked if there were other things we needed to do. Here’s his response:
No, you have to disconnect all the hoses, duck tape all the windows shut inside and out, put Styrofoam cut outs over each door and then screw a piece of plywood over the foam cut out, take the stairs off the deck, cover the roof in white plastic so it looks like it snowed, install the Christmas lights or have them installed, change all the LED lightbulbs from bright white to soft white, and make hot chocolate…
I wrote him back and said:
I would have expected no less from you but I think we’ll just stick with the hoses/faucets. We’re such slackers!
He was probably laughing the entire time he was writing that response.