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Old 11-17-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
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Snowbirds,replace your batteries in programmable thermostat before leaving home!

We had a near disaster last year with broken water pipes at home. The batteries in our programmable themostat went dead and our furnace was not told to kick in! Our son caught the problem in time and replaced the batteries. Inside temp was 40*! If your thermostat is not hard wired and runs on batteries, change them with your smoke alarms when you set the clocks back in the fall!
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:46 AM   #2
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Hi OrvDonna & WELCOME!!!

The same thing happened to a couple on a Blog that I read. It was a near thing for them too. Their neighbor, who checks on their house, noticed how low the temp was and caught it in time. All they lost was their house plants but it could have been very nasty.

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My Grandparents were snowbirds, and they had terrible luck with washer hoses. They lost one in the summer home in Montana and the fire department called my Dad to report water running out from under all the doors in the house. It had filled the crawl space, and about 6 inches inside the whole house.

After Grandma passed, Grandpa stayed full time in Phoenix. He was selling the large house there for a smaller one, and the house in Montana, and had gone back to take care of matters in Montana right after the contract on the house in Phoenix had come through. While he was gone it happened again, but My dad found it when it was just a puddle on the floor and not through out the house.

Moral, shut the water off to stuff your not going to be using, like the washer, ice maker stuff like that.
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Even though I don't live in a cold climate; When leaving for the summer, I turn the water off at the street. all kinds of bad things can happen if you leave and don't turn off the water to the house.
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My Grandparents were snowbirds, and they had terrible luck with washer hoses. They lost one in the summer home in Montana and the fire department called my Dad to report water running out from under all the doors in the house. It had filled the crawl space, and about 6 inches inside the whole house.

After Grandma passed, Grandpa stayed full time in Phoenix. He was selling the large house there for a smaller one, and the house in Montana, and had gone back to take care of matters in Montana right after the contract on the house in Phoenix had come through. While he was gone it happened again, but My dad found it when it was just a puddle on the floor and not through out the house.

Moral, shut the water off to stuff your not going to be using, like the washer, ice maker stuff like that.
Better yet; find out where the main cutoff is, and turn it off there. then you don't have to sweat the small stuff.
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