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Old 12-23-2012, 04:26 PM   #15
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Whenever someone post a question about shutting off the water when leaving a home unattended. This picture always gets their attention.


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Old 12-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #16
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Good advise by all. Water doesn't have to come from freezing. Washing machine hoses and supply lines do fail. Homeowners insurance may deny a claim if reasonable precautions are not taken. A flooded house is very expensive to repair. I still recommend leaving minimal heat on, but I liked the suggestions of antifreeze in the traps and turning off HW heater. Remember the washing machine trap. Use RV anti freeze. I speak from experience.

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Old 12-24-2012, 08:29 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by CampDaven View Post
That is an expense I dont miss, along with taxes, etc.
Me either.

Unfortunately after eleven great years of full timing, age is catching up with me and my wife and setting up a home base seems like a good idea while we are still healthy enough to find one and move all of our stuff from storage in NH to CO.

We decided we didn't want to do that with one or both of of us not in good shape.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:42 AM   #18
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Yes, turn the water off...

We watch a home for someone who are "snowbirds". I check on the house every 4-5 days to water plants and make sure the heat is on. Once a month I turn the water on to fill up the toilet bowls and every two weeks to get some water to water the plants.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:45 AM   #19
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My insurance company will not pay claims for interior flooding from water heater, toilet, ice maker leaks so we shut it all off. Already had a flood or two in our house from the interior wall pipes. We live in a house that was built in 1985 and all the pipes above the floor level are made from kind of plastic crap that was recalled. Of course there is no remedy except tearing out all the plumbing and installing copper. Just had another leak last month in an interior wall. Luckily we were home and got it shut off befor the entire ground level was soaked. Getting good at fixing the leaks with a device called an alligator bite. Take care.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:49 AM   #20
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I ALWAYS turn off the main water supply even if I leave for just for three days. We're on a well and we'd probably burn up our well pump in addition to the damage cause by the water itself. I even shut off the breaker for the well and turn off the gas valve. I keep the furnace set at 55 degrees, too.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #21
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If we are gonna be away for more that a couple of days in the spring and summer we leave the water on for the automatic watering system we have in the shrub and flower beds. In the fall and winter we turn off ALL water to the house. We always turn off our electric water heater circuit breaker when we're away to save on electricity.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #22
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It was a very cold winter two years back and two homes in our area had bad water damage when the power was out for quite a while and water lines busted and flooded. The owners were absent and they were essentially totaled. We always turn off the water when gone for more than a day. I don't turn it off at the meter because of other outside needs but use a valve in the crawl space under the home. I can bend over and get to the valve, but plan to install a normally open 110 volt valve that I can actuate from the first floor. Much easier to use. Also turn off the water heater.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:40 PM   #23
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We had a neighbor once who used his lake house only on weekends. He was so cheap they did not leave the heat on,long story short everything busted the pipes,toilets.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:32 PM   #24
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I turn off the water to the house, power off to the water heater, unplug tv and other electronics. I also clean out the refrigerator, turn it off and prop the doors open.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:04 PM   #25
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We always turn off the main to the house. If something breaks, there will be little or no damage. Sprinkler has separate feed from the meter so we can leave the sprinkler system operational.

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