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ktmrfs

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Posted: 07/28/20 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If we are gone for more than a few days, the water to the house is turned off, gas HW heater gets turned down to pilot, recirculating hot water pump goes off, and as extra precaution water to the washing machine turned off. Also instahot goes off and thermostat goes to "eco" mode to keep temps above 50F or below 85F. Also unplug all the tool battery chargers etc. in the garage. Lights automatically go to a random evening mode when we leave the house based on cell phone location, and I turn on the alarm system.

I've had two friends that had washing machine hoses break while gone, another that had a toilet tank reservoir crack and leak. Enough problems that turning the water off is top of the list.

To make it easy to turn water on and off I replaced the original water valve to the house with a quarter turn valve located near the furnace and water heater.

Also when gone, the garage door opener is on a leviton controller so that the garage door can't be opened between 10pm and 8 am.

We have a neighbor that will occasionally check the house if we are gone more than a week or so.


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Also when gone, the garage door opener is on a leviton controller so that the garage door can't be opened between 10pm and 8 am.




my garage door opener was plugged into an outlet box adjacent to the motor, etc. and I just changed that to an extension cord that I ran to a lower outlet box. unplug that cord and that door won't budge.

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Up until I retired I used to travel for 3 weeks at a time, almost every year, plus a week or two skiing in the winter. My routine was to walk out the door and lock it behind me. End of story. I did that from mid-70's up until 2002 when I started RV'ing. Never, ever had anything happen: house didn't burn down, house didn't flood, house was never broken into, just nothing whatsoever.

Now when we leave for who knows how long, I turn off the water, then walk out the door and lock it behind me.


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turn off water pump. don't want to take the chance returning to a flooded house. also turn off water heater. if gone for a week or more i unplug the water softener. control furnace and ac with my phone.

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Years ago after a trip our water heater failed. I figure it was not a coincidence that it failed right after I shut it down for a trip, so I no longer do that... My main water line shut off is under the house (or at the curb stop, but we're not supposed to mess with that) so I'm not shutting that off.

I set the thermostat to 55 heat, 85 cool and call it good. I'm on a big hill, even if I had a water break it would run down the hill to the storm drain below. And now that we have AMI water meters, any day I use 3x our normal usage I'll get an automated email from the water district so I could have someone run over and check it out for me.


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We just turn off the HVAC. But our climate is mild, so there is no danger of freezing pipes ever. Water has to stay on unless during winter, to keep the lawn sprinklers working. Not on a well, so no pump to deal with. I would like to save water heater cost (natural gas), but I think I've only done that once. The water heater stats are so finicky that I am reluctant to mess with the control. Anyway, the gas used is a tiny cost when no hot water is being used.

I do have the valve necessary to leave irrigation on and house water off. You've got me thinking that I should do that. Blown washing machine or dishwasher hoses would be the main concern, and a huge mess if it happened.


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I just had a real close call. I have an under the sink Culligan water filter that runs to a spout near the faucet. The filter burst at the bottom and I had full line pressure under the sink. Luckily I was home. The damage would of been huge,and we had just come back from a vacation 1 day prior. Never again. Water will be off from here on always.


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Here is Florida we shut off our water. We have a tankless water heater so no worries there. We set our T-stat on 80 and set the humidifier back. That was what our Hvac guy told us. If we don't keep a/c on, we will come back to mold. Don't want that.

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I shut off boiler and water supply. Turn thermostat either up to 80 or down to 50.

In the winter I'll open the lowest sink faucet to drain water out of the pipes. That way if they do freeze they are empty and don't burst.


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I turn off all anxiety. Then I turn up my interest in seeing new places. I even out my ability to get along with my sweetheart and turn up the ability to be patient with my dogs and hit the road.

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