Extended time away - water shutoff? Vehicle?
What about your vehicle? Just leave it parked in the garage or?
Any other tips?
Nov 5th, 2020 10:51 am
Nov 5th, 2020 10:56 am
Nov 5th, 2020 10:56 am
Yes, shutoff water.
Nov 5th, 2020 11:05 am
Nov 5th, 2020 11:31 am
Nov 5th, 2020 11:41 am
What car/year is it? It should be fine for 3 months no driving. If you want someone to drive it, they will need to drive it every 2 weeks, for at least 25min to get everything fully up to temperature.
Nov 5th, 2020 11:54 am
Nov 5th, 2020 3:33 pm
Thanks!TomLafinsky wrote: ↑ 1) Shut of main valve
2) Drain water from pipes and flush toilet (after shutting off valve). So if ever house reach freezing temp you won't have burst pipes. Also drain the water heater a little bit (maybe 5 gal AND make sure to fill it up properly on your return to get the air out of the tank- iow, open hot water faucet while filling up tank).
3) Check with your insurance - mine requires someone to enter the house every 4 days max to make sure furnace is fine in winter. Otherwise no coverage.
4) Is your garage heated or fully insulated? You don't need to do more than a battery charger connected to the battery. I own 4 vehicles and only connect to a battery charger (CTEK) when I don't use it for at least 5 months. 3 months won't drain your battery, unless vehicle is exposed to -20C during all that time. And I've been doing that for 20 years.
There is more you can do but that's a start.
Nov 5th, 2020 3:36 pm
Nov 5th, 2020 4:36 pm
Rather than disconnect the battery and inflate tires etc, perhaps have family member friend to drive it 30 min every few weeks. They're likely to be checking on the inside of house anyways so this shouldn't be much of an issue.cessnabmw wrote: ↑ Thanks!
Will shutoff and drain as you have suggested.
Will inflate the tires to mag. Garage is not fully insulated. 10 year old home. Vehicle is a 2016 Honda Odyssey. I don't have a battery charger. Should I disconnect the battery?
Would appreciate any other tips please as well. Thanks!
Nov 5th, 2020 4:54 pm
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Nov 6th, 2020 7:47 am
Drive the car a bit biweekly. It'll do.
Nov 6th, 2020 9:34 am
Nov 6th, 2020 9:57 am
Shutting off the water and not draining pipes is not useless.DoorCrasher wrote: ↑ Shutting off water main without draining pipes is a bit useless, in case of a furnace fail and temps reaches below 0 pipes can burst. Less damages than pipe bursting + having huge water damages, but draining pipes will save mucho mucho water damages. My insurer requires to have someone physically inspect the house weekly to make sure that there is nothing wrong. Do not forget to have someone pick up the mail for you. Have tuners installed to turn on/off lights, or even better have wifi enabled switches installed. Have someone to clear snow from the driveway and path to the door.
Nov 6th, 2020 10:06 am
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Nov 6th, 2020 11:03 am
Read what I said... If you turn off main valve, and do not drain pipes you may have water damages because water left in pipes could freeze. If you turn off main valve AND drain pipes, there will be no burst as the pipes will be empty or very little water damages from the little water left in the pipes after being drained
Nov 6th, 2020 10:11 pm
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