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Old 10-25-2021, 05:15 PM   #1
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Winterizing House before leaving for the winter

Just curious to what everyone does to there home before leaving for the winter? We live in Indiana.
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We have a wifi thermostat (Ecobee) so we know exactly what temperature the house is at and we can warm it up before we head home (we're usually gone for about 5 months in the winter).

Plus if the temp goes below 50 degrees in the house, I'll get an alert on my phone.

I also have a water sensor in the basement. if it detects water on the floor, I get a different alert.
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We have a wifi thermostat (Ecobee) so we know exactly what temperature the house is at and we can warm it up before we head home (we're usually gone for about 5 months in the winter).

Plus if the temp goes below 50 degrees in the house, I'll get an alert on my phone.

I also have a water sensor in the basement. if it detects water on the floor, I get a different alert.
We have that thermostat also. Do you shut all your water off and drain the lines and your hot water heater?
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We have a well so we turn off the pump and release all pressure from the water lines. Turn off the electric water heater (do not drain it) empty the fridge and turn it off. We have a battery backup sump pump in case the power goes out. We set the furnace thermostat to 55 degrees, arm the security systems, lock the doors and go.
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Winterizing House before leaving for the winter

Our home is in central Indiana and for 18 years we wintered in AZ. We put 1 cup of bleach in all toilets, close lids and in all drains. Open doors of cabinets under sinks. Set thermostat to 50 degrees. Turn off ice maker and dump ice. Set water heater to vacation setting or very low if yours doesnít have that setting. Shut off water. Never had a problem.

When we return, turn water back on and set water heater to normal setting. It takes 8 hours to get to our normal set temperature of 73 degrees, so we stay the night in our motor home.
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Here is an opinion from a retired General Contractor: Shutting down your entire water system in the house seems like a good idea at first. There is a very small possibility of any water leaks and frozen pipes. The downside, however, and it's big one, is that hardwood flooring requires a humidity of 35% to 55% to behave normally. In short, hardwood flooring despise low humidity in the winter. Shrinkage gaps are a real possibility.
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Thanks for all the updates so far, a lot to think about
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We live in a town with a lot of vacation homes. There are two popular approaches to winterizing a house:

1) Keep the AC power on and turn down the heat. This approach works best if someone can look after your house. He can determine if the house needs more work to prevent freezing/damage during protracted power outages.

2) Shut everything down. Heating system contains antifreeze, water lines and water heater drained, water shut off at the street entrance, RV antifreeze in the traps and toilet bowls.

Most owners hire a property manager and/or a plumber to take care of the tasks listed and, if needed, to watch over the house over the Winter.
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Here is an opinion from a retired General Contractor: Shutting down your entire water system in the house seems like a good idea at first. There is a very small possibility of any water leaks and frozen pipes. The downside, however, and it's big one, is that hardwood flooring requires a humidity of 35% to 55% to behave normally. In short, hardwood flooring despise low humidity in the winter. Shrinkage gaps are a real possibility.
Iíve been avidly reading this thread because Iíll be leaving the northeast for warmer parts and will be gone for three months. This will be my third winter away. The first two we left the heat set at 50 degrees, locked the door and left. Year one we came home to find there was a small leak under a sink on a second floor that did massive damage as you can imagine. Thankfully covered by insurance and made new.

I got smarter in year two and installed a smart thermostat. Got an alert one night that temps were falling in my house. Called a plumber who discovered a frozen pipe and took care of the problem while we were away.

Being 2 for 2 with plumbing problems, we are planning to winterize the house by installing antifreeze in the baseboard pipes and draining the water lines. As Contractor77 said, I want to keep the house somewhat warm since all my floors are hardwood.

Contractor77 - what do you think?
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We have a humidifier that is set at 35% humidity level which is feed by water. Without water, you have no humidification. Therefore, we leave our water on and have installed a Honeywell thermostat which we remotely control.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075BF6V58...ing=UTF8&psc=1

If water leaks are a concern, I would recommend switching out any interior shut off valves, more than 10 years old, servicing a faucet or toilet with a new, 1/4 turn shut off valve. https://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCra...X-C1/202047059
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Some people donít think about toilets if power goes off they freeze and break dump some Rv antifreeze in them.
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We winterize the house in Montana and summerize the house in Arizona. For both, we turn off water heater and drain it. Water is turned off. Heat to 50˚ in Montana and A/C to 90˚ in Arizona. In Montana a temp sensitive light is put in the window, it turns on at 40˚ and the neighbors know who to call if the light comes on. Propylene glycol RV antifreeze is put in all drains and the toilets. It doesn't evaporate as fast. In Arizona I add a couple of ounces of mineral oil as a floater to the toilets to keep evaporation even lower. I put trickle chargers on the batteries. That's really about it. Of course we notify the neighbors and lock the doors, pull shades stop the paper and garbage and all that stuff. You can also drape the furniture if you want. We always leave the house with fresh sheets on the beds and the laundry done, but that's up to you.
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Thanks for all the responses. Do you unplug your water softner so it doesnt regenerate?
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Here is an opinion from a retired General Contractor: Shutting down your entire water system in the house seems like a good idea at first. There is a very small possibility of any water leaks and frozen pipes. The downside, however, and it's big one, is that hardwood flooring requires a humidity of 35% to 55% to behave normally. In short, hardwood flooring despise low humidity in the winter. Shrinkage gaps are a real possibility.

When genuine hardwood flooring is laid (3/4" thick kind) it's humidity level is much lower than 35%. If it is laid tight then nailed, cracks widening between board should not appear. If cracks do appear, the installer wasn't very good IMO.


My 54 yr. old Oak hardwood floors are still tight and I shut off the city water and set heat on 50į every winter we are away. The risk of a water leak for far outweighs any chance of a crack between hardwood flooring widening then shrinking again.
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