I bought a little house in middle of rural Missouri. My neighbor lives in his house next door for 50 years, and he told me that my house has a history of frozen pipes. Unfortunately, I have to travel in December, and the house will be likely empty for two weeks. He told me that I should get straw bales and put them around the house to prevent freezing. But is that enough? But a friend of mine told me that I might get bugs inside using organic stuff around the house.
Through the purchase of the house, I have not much money left anymore. I can afford an expensive pipe prevention system right now. I also had to buy a new water heater and pipes because the former owner allowed the pipes to freeze last year.
Do you know any cheap way to prevent my pipes from freezing also when I am gone in December for 2 weeks?
I appreciate your advice.