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Dick_B

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Posted: 07/27/20 08:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You need to shut off the incoming water line. Should an internal pipe break anywhere (including the lines to the clothes washer) you will return to a wet house and a huge water bill!


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Posted: 07/27/20 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I make sure that the hoses to the clothes washer are shut off.
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Posted: 07/27/20 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I close the door!

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We leave our 5er for the Summer and go North for several months. A dehumidifier is set up and we put our A/C on 95% to take care of the Southern humidity.
As for what we shut off: Water heater, water, bring in slides, Clean out black tank (grey is left open so water from dehumidifier goes into shower drain and out), we cut the 12V switch and cover the A/C that we are not using. We do have a neighbor who checks the dehumidifier filter 1X per month, to be sure it is clean.

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One winter with the water off, my furnace quit. It got cold enough for the shutoff valve to freeze and rupture. By the time I returned in a couple months, 23,000 gal of water had gone into my finished basement.

Now I have the township shut the water off at the curb.


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I really never thought about shutting any thing off ! I am lucky if I remember to lock the door ! Shutting water off makes sense !

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dodge guy wrote:

I see some are confused. The OP is talking about the sticks-n-bricks home. I've never shut anything off. I do set the AC higher or heat lower lower. As of now, my kids stay behind and keep an eye on the house.

I don't worry about any of that,


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My wife worked in insurance claims her whole career, and says the most common claim by far is water damage from broken washing machine water hose, and distant second is ice maker water damage, either a broken line or malfunction of the shut-off after it fills the tray. The home doesn't even have to be unoccupied--it frequently happens at night.

I do change out my washing machine water hoses every five years, but I don't really do anything (other than adjust the thermostat) when we leave. Our neighbors are great, and check the house daily.

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Seattle Steve wrote:

My wife worked in insurance claims her whole career, and says the most common claim by far is water damage from broken washing machine water hose, and distant second is ice maker water damage, either a broken line or malfunction of the shut-off after it fills the tray. The home doesn't even have to be unoccupied--it frequently happens at night.

I do change out my washing machine water hoses every five years, but I don't really do anything (other than adjust the thermostat) when we leave. Our neighbors are great, and check the house daily.


Some years ago I installed a lever action dual valve for the clothes washer, and turn the water off there whenever I'm not washing clothes. It takes all of a couple seconds with one of those valves, and becomes part of the process of operating the washer. It's much, much handier than a pair of globe valves that have to be turned a couple full revolutions each to operate them.





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We leave the pets home and have a friend that stays there part of the time when we are gone. So nothing gets turned off.
We do however have a leak sensor in the basement that is wired to turn off the water pump if it detects water in the basement. I have sensors near the spot where the water comes into the house, and next to the pressure tank, furnace and water heater. Right above the water entrance is the kitchen sink and right above the furnace and 2 of the upstairs bathroom so if anything leaks, the well gets turned off. The pressure tank only hold 25 gallons of water so the amount of water that can leak is minimal. I also have a floor drain next to the furnace.


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