Yes, of course, it’s the holiday season but it’s also the time of year when the temperature begins to drop below 32 degrees and the pipes in the house are at risk of freezing.
If you have not already done so (as required by your lease) DISCONNECT ANY AND ALL GARDEN HOSES to prevent flooding and damage in the house / apartment. AND if you should re-connect the hose on a warmer day to wash your car, etc. be sure to disconnect it when you are done.
PLEASE, if you are traveling during the holidays, DO NOT turn the heat off before you leave. If you turn it off and temperatures drop while you are gone you increase the risk of having pipes freeze and burst. (Trust us on this…we’ve been there, done that in the past.) The money you might save on your heating bill will not cover the cost of the damage that is caused by burst pipes.
Wet walls and carpet are NO FUN. Extensive damage can mean that you have to vacate the property while repairs are being made and the cost of the damage may be billed back to you if the outside faucet freezes due to your hose being connected or if pipes freeze due to the heat being turned off. Please don’t let it happen to you.