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How to Close up Your Vacation Home for the Season

It’s just about that time of year – that dreaded time where you have to close up your vacation house for the season, get back to work and get the kids back to school. Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to get ready for cooler temperatures – your summer house is no exception. So, here’s what you need to do to prepare for fall:

  • Turn off the main water line to prevent pipes from freezing as temperatures drop. This includes flushing out water lines and disconnecting hose bibs on the outside of the house.

  • Turn off the gas supply to eliminate the risk of leaks or explosions.

  • Unplug all appliances including telephones, televisions, the dishwasher, washer and dryer and so forth. They can all undergo severe damage if lightning happens to strike.

  • Empty out the refrigerator and cabinets. We recommend donating leftover food rather than throwing it in the trash.

  • Put away outdoor furniture and tidy up the outside living areas. Remember to cover the grill and put the garbage cans in the garage or shed.

  • Take out the trash. Trust us when we tell you it won’t be pleasant to come back to a rotten bag of garbage next year.

  • Lock up! Don’t forget the windows, doors and shed and garage doors.

Need a plumber to help make sure your plumbing system is shut down properly? Call on the experts at Hero! We’ve been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!

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