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Old 09-15-2014, 09:20 AM   #1
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Prepping S&B for 14 day trip? tips?

We are planning a 14 day road trip in Late December. Temps in Texas "may" hit freezing.

How to you prep your S&B when you are going to be gone?

We do not have family in area to check on house...

I thought about turning off the water at the curb (whole house) to avoid any possible pipe burst / floods house...

The house was built in 1968 - so, that is one reason I worry.

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Do you have a furnace? Or are worried about the power going out? Have a friend or neighbor check on it every few days?

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Turn the water off, open faucets, set heat at 55.
Enjoy the trip.

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Old 09-15-2014, 10:26 AM   #4
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Do you have a phone line at the house? If you do, plug in one of these, and it will call you if there are any problems. You can even call in just to get a "status" report, and verify it's working. Got one on my vacation home that I have to leave alone for sometimes 9 months at a time.....works great.

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Old 09-15-2014, 10:36 AM   #5
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I live in northern Canada were the temp. drop to -40F. I leave shortly after christmas. I turn off water and open taps in basement to empty lines. also empty toilets and hot water tank. I pour RV antifreeze in toilets, and sinks.

I turn heat down to 60F and and set gas fireplace at 50F for back up. I get a neighbor to check house every few days. I have been doing this for the past six years with no problems.
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Set heat at 50, turn off water, put some lights on timers lock the door. 2 weeks is easy we did 7 months until we sold the house and are full-timers now. Oh, but the mail on hold. Go have fun.
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Turn off hot water heater, ice maker, then water main. Set heat/air to 55 in winter 85 in summer. Lock the doors, stop the mail, all bills on auto pay.
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...Set heat at 50, turn off water, put some lights on timers lock the door...
That's what we do, plus add a timer on a radio, add some outside motion lights (front and back), stop the mail and stop the paper, and tell the neighbors you'll be gone. If the grass is still growing, hire somebody to cut it...I use a local teenager...after talking to his Dad.
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Wow--lots of folks suggesting turning off water, etc. I would do all of that for a couple of months vacancy, but for for 2 weeks, we regularly just walk out, turn on the alarm system, and go! I do have a camera system that i can use to visually monitor my house, and we usually set the thermostat to a more economical level (but not totally off--to protect pipes from freezing). I haven't turned off the water in my home for visits in the 2-3week time frame, though I have (when I remember!) turned off the water hoses that feed our laundry machine.
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For a couple weeks we don't do much of anything special. Dump extra chlorine in the pool. Depending on time of year leave HVAC set appropriately.
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I turn off the main water supply. I turn off the breakers to the microwave, hot water heater, range, and dishwasher. I turn off the refrigerator ice maker ( I had an "incident" from a power outage that totally confused the icemaker). I turn off the power strip to the TV and receiver. Mostly ... I turn off everything that can be damaged by lightning or power outages. I also unplug the garage door opener.
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Since your are going in winter don't forget to drain your outside faucets. Put your water heater on pilot, no need to keep the water hot. If you have private trash pickup call them and put your house on vacation hold and save a week or two of charges. Everything else I could think of has already covered. Garage door opener my have a switch on the wall switch to turn it off.
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I too turn of the water supply. Coming home to a flooded house ruins a perfectly wonderful vacation. (don't ask) Shoot, I even shut the water off if we leave the MH for a few hours.

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