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Old 12-04-2014, 06:15 PM   #15
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My brother would completely shut down northern house, water heat everything, when he headed south for six months. As djbmsu stated it damaged the sheet rock plaster everything.
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:55 AM   #16
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It might be worth considering buying one of those home security camera systems.

If setup correctly, you can see your house over your computer. When my father passed away, I had to keep an eye on his house until I could get a chance to deal with it more fully. I just laid the cables on the floor, propped the camera's up inside where I wanted them (doors, windows etc.) and then I was able to check out for myself at will if the house was ok. If you are short of people to keep an eye on things, this might be a big help in case anything were to burst, get broken etc. You do need an active internet connection however.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:17 AM   #17
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I use the fake-tv in my MH and love it. I guess I will set my thermostat to 40 do you all agree that 40 would be a safe temp for inside my home?
45 or 50 would give you more cushion in the event of failure and still save you lots of money.
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:34 PM   #18
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We just set the heat to 50 deg and turn off the water valve. Also set the water heater to pilot only. However our neighbor looks in on the house every few days.

Have a nice day - Darrel
Same here. Plus, stop the paper and mail and I put out six timers...turn on/off various lights in various rooms, same for a radio. Also, don't forget to unplug TVs, cables and wifis.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:22 PM   #19
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We were told by the company that installed and maintains our hot water heat furnace not to turn the water off. It has to do with the automatic water makeup system.

We have a wireless GE security system monitored by FrontLine Security. In our area they use the Verizon data net. We have motion sensors, flood sensors, freeze sensors, and door/window open/close sensors. It has a 24 hour battery backup system and notifies me by email if the power goes out and when it comes back on. If it is off longer than a set time they call us.
The system uses wireless battery powered stick-on sensors and can be installed in an hour or less.
We turn the water off at the ice maker, all sinks and toilets. We leave the cabinet doors open and set the heat to 50 degrees. We put cling wrap over the toilet bowls to reduce evaporation. We unplugged the refrigerator but left the freezer on.
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You may want to arrange for snow removal also while you are away. The more the house looks lived in the better in my opinion.
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Water supply is the main safety. Our furnace failed last year with the temps at 15 below. It was discovered by my son pretty quickly, but I saved my plumbing by draining from a low point. The draining was not complete however. It froze two shower valves that I had to replace when we returned. I suppose there was a little water left in the plumbing next to the valve. I got off cheap by replacing the core of two Moen valves. We live in the country and my neighbor drives his fwd down and out the driveway every time it snows. I have a number of out buildings with water. I blow out all lines above the ground. The photos of every room is a good idea.
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