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Posted: 09/04/18 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The most important tip is to set your alarm system.
If you don't have one, get one.

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2chiefsRus wrote:

put an icecube in a glass in the freezer. Check the ice cube when you come back. If it has changed shape, i.e. melted, and then refrozen, you know your power was off for a while you were gone.


That's a great tip, thanks!


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DutchmenSport wrote:

Turn water off, otherwise this may happen to you:



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House near me actually had that happen. I saw it after it was "cleaned" up. It even broke and moved the basement foundation wall. I pity the person that bought that house.

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Turn off water to entire house, we learned the hard way. DIL was supposed to check house a couple of times a week, but did not. We got a call from our yard man that water was coming out from under our front door. We do not have close neighbors so no one saw it. Yard man comes weekly. We also unplug electric water heaters. For toilets I read a tip on this forum that we have used for several years now. Add CLR to toilet bowl, I use about a third of a bottle per toilet, and then raise seat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, it will take two sheets. Press seam together over middle of bowl and then press wrap well all around sides of bowl. Lower seat and lid. When you come home there will be no ring in the toilet and all the water will be in the bowl. We have been gone as long as 3 1/2 months and had no problems.

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GordonThree wrote:

2chiefsRus wrote:

put an icecube in a glass in the freezer. Check the ice cube when you come back. If it has changed shape, i.e. melted, and then refrozen, you know your power was off for a while you were gone.


That's a great tip, thanks!

Or just look at the clock on the microwave.

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reelcamper1 wrote:

Does anyone go further & turn off water, shut off water heater, etc?
Would love any tips!
Yes even for a weekend. Although W/H just goes to pilot.

For a long trip we have also cleaned out the fridge. Literally remove everything, clean all the shelves, turn it off and leave the door open. Do the clean/prep a few days before. If some items don't go along they can go in the trash. Good to come back and start new.


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For peace of mind take cell phone pictures of your doors being locked, the stove off, garage door down, ect.


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We always turn the water off at the main inlet valve when we are away from the house overnight, even one night. BIL learned the hard way, that if the water heater starts leaking, a lot of damage can be done over one night.

Put at least some lights on a timer, and let a trusted neighbor know when you are leaving and when you will return.

Our daughters check our house frequently while we are away, and if we are gone more than a week, our SIL cuts the grass and checks the house.

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I would cut off water at the street ( whole house ) if possible. I have found turning water off at a toilet, especially if plumbing has some age, will cause the cutoff valve to leak either when off or when you cut it back on. If you have newer valves or new washers in old valves it should not be a problem.

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If you are leaving a car in your driveway while gone, do not leave a garage door opener in it. Too easy for thieves to enter your house un-noticed. Also, highly recommend an alarm system. Make sure a neighbour knows your plans so if a big truck pulls up and starts loading - - - chances are it should not be there.


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