This tip is particularly useful if your vacation home happens to be in a location where the temperature can dip below freezing. If that's the case, you may already know the nightmare that frozen pipes can be.
There are a number of steps you can take to make sure your pipes don't freeze and burst, but one of the simplest is to remember to disconnect and drain your garden hose before the cold weather hits.
If not, water leftover inside the hose can freeze. When the water expands into ice it increases the pressure throughout the entire home's plumbing system. This can lead to freezing in other areas of the system, along with potentially burst pipes and water damage.