I never drain the water heater, only because I was advised by others that they tend to develop scale inside when left dry. I have no idea if that's true or not, but I haven't had any problems leaving it full. Again, the water is turned off, so even if it leaks, it's only a total of 40 gallons......not enough to cause TOO much damage. I turn the control to OFF, and then turn the gas supply to the heater off as well.
For the past five years we have been on the road for 5, 6 or 7 months at a time. Our insurance agents were fully aware of this (in fact, we paid them while on the road). They had no problems with it.
Be careful .. The agent can claim ignorance Its the "insurance company and the printing on the policy that matters. The "agent" only wants your business and knows when the "real" numbers for insuring an empty house ( 4x my actual rate in my case) are given to you the shock wont be good for that "business" ;-)
My post's are my opinion The advice, comments etc are free and worth what you paid
Do you know if having an alarm on the house (ADT) would keep that from going up? I am not surprised they would raise your rate that much thought....looking to avoid that.
So if we don't want scale inside, how about 10 gallons ( not exact but enough to keep it from drying out etc.but not a major mess either...)
yippers! maybe I should set a match on my way out and be done with it! All your help has been much appreciated! Onto the next battle...internet access on the road!(Asked on the internet thread a while back!)