The heater did go out

I vacation down south to get away from the winter weather. I have a little beach house that I spend the few months in. This year I had to leave in the middle of my season to go back north for jury duty. I was so glad that I had to go home because I came into a terrible heating situation. While I was gone, the heater in my kitchen must have went out. In the north it is so cold that it calls for multiple heaters. With no kitchen heating, the living room gas fireplace could not handle the -10 degree cold. The house was 30 degrees and the kitchen plumbing had to totally frozen solid. I got a couple of space heaters going and managed to thaw the pipes out. The water then was able to flow in the kitchen. The whole house temperature was able to get up to 50 degrees. Part of the issue is the severe cold outside, another part is that the house is not airtight and the main cause is the terrible heating in my house. If the house would have gotten any colder the pipes would have burst due to the frozen water. Then I would have run into a real mess. Thankfully I got it all squared away. I never would have known about this issue if I would not have come home. I think what I am going to do for next time is get a smart thermostat to run the temperature and also have someone check on the house to make sure there are no frozen pipes.