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RobWNY

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Posted: 07/26/20 09:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a friend that went away for a week and three days into his time away, he got a call that his house caught fire and it burned to the ground. Even though His neighbor was watching/walking/feeding his two dogs and was at the house several times a day, they perished in the fire. Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by the refrigerator motor overheating. You can never be too careful.


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I made a "take list" which lists everything we need to address before leaving---
Notify credit card companies, get $$$, arrange for mail pick up, water shut off, clothes to take, equipment to take (genny, chairs, hike gear, etc) set watering, heater, ---and so on.
The list is on the computer and I print it out and leave it on the counter so it's the last thing we check before leaving for any trip. So far, the only item we've forgotten were the trailer keys. DOOOHHH!

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Suppose there’s a lot of what ifs that could happen, but how is being gone for say a week or 2 different than being gone at work for 12 hours or gone overnight or for the weekend?
Would y’all do all this stuff for a weekend getaway?
I understand basically leaving for an extended period of time like for the season. Sure, clean out fridge/freezer, turn off water/heater. But what if you don’t winterize? Then leave heat on, but worried about fire hazard from some other appliance?


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I do nothing (shut off AC?). My electricity is free (solar). If something goes wrong, my homeowners insurance will handle it (I pay for the insurance). My neighbors are great. It the water line breaks...they'll shut it off. How do I know? It's happened.

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Turn off the water at the valve outside, turn off water heater, turn up AC to 82 or so, secure garage door, put covers on all sink and shower drains, put wrap on the toilet bowls, give the neighbor a gift card for watching the house and keeping the pool filled. We leave for a few months at a time .


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Except this season, we've been sunbirding. We live in the south and were spending the summers in the northeast. We shut off the water, the hot water heater off, empty the fridge and freezer (and leave both doors open), turn up the A/C upstairs and turn the A/C off downstairs before we leave.

One year, the wife and kids went back home for a few days while I stayed up north. She turned the water back on, the hot water heater back on and set the A/C at a comfortable level both up and downstairs. They went out for a couple hours waiting for the house to cool down only to find it raining in the garage when they returned. The expansion tank on the hot water heater had ruptured. If that had happened after we left for the season and the water was on, we'd have one seriously high water bill. We had to replace four 4x8 sheets of drywall, fortunately, nothing in the garage was damaged.

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Posted: 07/27/20 07:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Back when we had a house...we would just trip all the breakers except for the circuits with the fridge and sump pump. This was typically in the summer, so we just left the HVAC off (midwest).

Usually didn't bother if it was just a weekend.

When my parents would snowbird, I would help them blow out the water lines, so then they could shut everything but the sump pump down for the winter.


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Shut off my well pump -- and turn AC up (not off)


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If we're going to be gone for a few days during the summer I don't do much at all. When we leave for the winter it's a different story. Shut off the water, turn the thermostat down to 50, turn on the security cameras, double secure all but one entrance into the house, shut off the breakers for my wood shop, empty the fridge and unplug it, turn on the temperature monitor with auto dial, and lock the door. I have a friend who has a key and checks the place at least twice a week. He stores his motorcycle in my garage while we're gone and gets a 1.5 liter bottle of Makers Mark when we leave and another when we get back.


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Posted: 07/27/20 08:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any time we leave home, we turn off our water well pump, our water heater, and the RO system, and if during summer .....our lawn irrigation system. We do this on any trip exceeding 1 day.....you never know if you will return home as expected! memtb


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