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Old 11-08-2019, 09:32 AM   #15
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I would do the same as you have Joe

Having friends and family in and out is great.

Heat on also keeps moisture and mold at bay.

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Old 11-08-2019, 09:42 AM   #16
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I would NOT forgo antifreeze in traps, having returned from 10,000 miles/6months travel to a roach problem beyond belief when the person watching my house did NOT ensure the drain went dry!!!!
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I would NOT forgo antifreeze in traps, having returned from 10,000 miles/6months travel to a roach problem beyond belief when the person watching my house did NOT flush/ run facets to ensure the drains didn't go dry!!!!
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:50 AM   #18
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We go south every winter for 2 1/2 months. I set the thermostat at 50, open all cabinet doors near sinks. I shut the water off at the valves under the sinks but the kitchen. I always lose the argument with the wife. She has someone come over once a week to water her plants. I turn the hot water tank to pilot. Also put a couple of table lamps on timers to go off and on at night.

FWIW. Years back, my in-laws were gone for a month. They came home to a flooded house. A pipe under the bathroom sink (compression fitting) had let go and water had run for who knows how long. What a mess!

P.S. donít forget the washer water lines too.
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Sell the house, sell the furniture. Next summer go to the PNW!.

I love that idea. The wife not so much.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:46 AM   #20
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Thanks everyone for the ideas. I hadn't thought to turn the well pump off at the breaker, but I will probably do that.
We had to replace the HVAC system last year and so now have a thermostat that connects to the WIFI so I van monitor and even change it over my phone.
As for the cameras I stumbled on Wyze. They are pretty affordable and don't require any subscription service. You get 14 days free cloud storage and you can put in a memory card also.
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Shut the water off. If you have a well, turn pump power off.

Make sure your sump pump has power.

Make sure water heater is OFF.

Drain the water lines, flush the toilets.

Open cabinet doors and pull drawers out a couple inches so warm air can get in and behind.


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On previous 5&1/2 mo. summer trips, we would pour a small amount of veggie oil in the toilet bowls and never had the traps dry up. This past 2&1/2 mo. trip, we had dry traps in both baths and dead sewer flies everywhere...well, very few were still alive but easily dispatched. Lesson learned...Won't forget that little step again.
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We winter in Az and live in Montana. So we summerize and winterize. Whenever we leave for more than a day, we shut of water to the house. You have a well, so just shut off the power to the pump. Your well will winter just fine without you. Turn off the power to your water heater and drain it as well. Ours tend to get stinky if we don't. We float a bit of cooking oil in the toilets and traps. Doesn't evaporate like antifreeze or water. Set the thermostat at 50 or 85 depending on which house and heat or cool. In Montana we use a plug in thermostat that turns on a light if the temp drops below 40. If our neighbor sees that light come on, we call our son to come check it out.

We have our water shut-off in Montana in a crawl space that took some effort to get to. I purchased an electric valve from Amazon that I installed. Now we just push a button to turn water on or off. Very easy so we do it now whenever we leave.
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We are in Southern Ohio and spent 2 great winters in the Florida Keys. Before we left we drained the hot water heater, turned all water off at the meter and set the house temps at around 55 degrees. Only issue we had was our first year it was the washer, didn't drain the lines and the pump froze up. Easy fix, got a new washer! Our daughter stopped in and checked things about once a week if the temps were really bad but all was good. Enjoy your journey!
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My brother lived in southern Ohio for many years. After retiring he and my SIL usually went to their timeshare in FL for a few months in the winter. They always managed to winterize their home adequately until one winter it got especially cold.
They came back one time to find a lot of water damage and mold on everything in their garage even though they kept the house furnace operating. The culprit was bare copper water pipes running the length of the garage near the ceiling and an exterior wall that split. Their garage was unheated as most are and they had grown complacent over the years.
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