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Bonnie & Clyde

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Posted: 10/17/02 09:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Haven't seen this on here and I'm sure it has been addressed at some time . We're thinking of Quartsite for Jan. and Feb. , so I'm wondering if we should totally shut off our water . I'm thinking if we do that we'll have all sorts of leaks when we come back because of nonuse . Also what about water heater ? Should we totally shut it down or leave it on low ? Think we'll leave the heat on at about 58degrees . Any thoughts ?

Yeti Shaman

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Posted: 10/17/02 02:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you leave the heat on , and it fails for any reason , then what ?

I'd ;
Drain the water systems .
Drain the water heater to half & turn off .
Flush tanks dry & put blue windshield washer fluid in bowls
Put also in sink traps .
Check pantry & bathrooms for for anything that could freeze & crack open.
Notify police or neighborhood watch


crystal, mn, usa

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Posted: 10/17/02 03:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't worry about the heat, but if you do, there is a temp device that will either phone a number or a cheaper one that will turn on a light if the temp drops.
Myself I don't bother.
My checks:
Turn the water off at the main.
Turn the water heater down to Away or Pilot which ever yours says.
Turn the heat down to 50.
Run water thru the main drain for 10 minutes. (why? because TP will harden up in the line and can plug up.)
Put the telephone on Voice Mail only.
Stop the paper.
Stop the mail.
Put a couple of lights on meters that turn on and off.
Unplug all TV's and VCRs(why? if you live in an electrical storm area, TVs will pick up on lighting and are a cause of household fires.)
Have the friendly neighbor shovel the walk just enough to make it look lived in and also drive once on the driveway.

Mountain Jack

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Posted: 10/17/02 06:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy, Charlie;

I Feel it depends on where you Live & how Your Home is set-up. What Works for me, Might Not for You. We went south last Nov, & were gone for 7 months.

We live in a Mobile Home, out in the country, on the side of a Mountain. All our appliances are electric. Our water comes from underground Artesian Springs. We have a Septic tank. They don't deliver mail here, we have a P.O. Box.

Most of our plumbing is PVC, buried 2' in the ground. Anything above ground, i covered with pipe wrap. I put fiberglass insulation over hose bibs & put a 5 gallon plastic bucket over it. Drained all garden hoses. By our main spring, we have a 2,500 Gall holding tank. I turned the water Off there, & drained whatever piping i could. Most is Gravity Fed.

On the inside i covered All Mobiles windows with blankets & heavy towels. Covered computer, TV's, vcr's, stereo,etc. For mildew protection, i put a (Dri-Z-Air) with crystals, in sinks. I propped open Frig & Freezer doors. I turned OFF, ALL Electricity, put a hold on my internet service.

We have 1 neighbor, about a mile away, He was GoodEnough to check on the place, once in a while, & pick up our mail at Post Office. Anything important, he mailed to our Daughter, in Las Vegas. All our bills were paid from our bank account.

The vehicles we left here, i charged the Batts Fully, added distilled water, & disconnected them.

This is what Worked for Us. We had a Great Time, down South. might go again this Winter, if i get Off this computer, & get my Chores Done. LOL!!
I fyour in the area, check out;
www.avicasino.com They have a Huge Free RV Parking area & EveryBody was Friendly. It's between Needles & Laughlin.

When we Finalllllly got Home, hadn't planned on stayingaway so Long. Everything was Fine, Except some MICE had taken up SQUATters Rights. But, we cleaned it up. Our Dog & 2 Cats were with Us. My Puppy doesn't like trespassers on Her Mountain, whether they be Mice, Deer, the meter reader, or Whomever.

I, No Doubt, have forgotten to mention some things. Just not quite as Young as i Was. If you have any Questions, i can Help with, email me.
Have a Fantastic Time, this Winter. Don't Rob any Banks. Take Care. Jack......

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Posted: 10/18/02 07:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we leave after Christmas, we turn the water off, drain back all water lines, turn the water heater on vacation which keeps the flue dry, unplug absolutely everything in the house, and set the furnace at 45. I use RV antifreeze in traps, toilets, dishwasher, washer, etcc. It usually takes only two or three gallons. Then my neighbor who handles our mail stops in every couple of days to make sure all is well.

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Posted: 10/24/02 01:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are going to put something down the traps.... use the cheap rv antifreeze...

Last year, my brother put windshield wiper fluid in the bilge of his boat, for the "just in case" water got in there, it would have something to mix with an not freeze.

Come spring, since washer fluid is mostly alcohol, it all evaperated out.


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Posted: 10/26/02 02:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since you're obviously using the web to access this forum, there is a huge amount of info about winterizing houses on the web.


The water supply to the dwelling should be turned off. In addition, pipes and commodes throughout the house should be drained and excess water removed and/or some type of freeze preventative introduced into the plumbing system. A qualified licensed plumber should be consulted for the best plan for your home.
If pipes are not drained, those that are subjected to direct outside temperatures should be properly insulated. Exposure to wind and cold can be minimized by scaling off open areas around the foundation of the dwelling during the colder months.
Leaving the heat on is no guarantee that it will stay on. Power interruptions occur, furnaces malfunction or run out of fuel. Low thermostat settings may not compensate for unusually cold weather that may grip your area. Your heating system should be inspected and cleaned each year before using it.
Shut off the electrical supply to appliances and lighting where practical.
Clean out cupboards and pantries so as to remove items that attract rodents and pests.
Maintenance of the exterior is important also. Be certain that the roof, guttering and downspouts, siding and windows are in good repair. Remember: autumn leaves can clog a downspout or a basement drain for the entire winter.
If the house has functional shutters, they can be closed.
Inspect trees on the property for potential problems. Dead trees and/or limbs should be removed. An ice storm can cause overhanging limbs to fall onto the house or even sag to a point of rubbing against the home and damaging the siding.
Swimming pools should be properly closed and secured for the season.
Arrange to have your driveway cleared in the event of snow or ice so emergency vehicles can gain easy entry if necessary.
If you have a central reporting fire alarm or security system, notify the appropriate office of your planned extended absence.
Regular visits to the property are your best defense. If not practical for you, then perhaps there is a neighbor whom you could trust to routinely check the home inside and out and report any problems immediately.

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Posted: 10/26/02 02:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We do basically what everyone else has suggested, the only difference being that last year the water company wanted to come out and turn the water off at the street. They said it was safer. Fine with us. They met us when we got home after a cell phone call made about 1/2 hr. earlier from the road.
Have a great trip.

May the road rise with you, the wind be always at your back.

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