I'm not sure if I have everything covered. I know I need RV fluid in the
drains of the tub, sink, kitchen sink and toilet. I need to drain all
the water pipes and baseboard upstairs. What about the boiler and water
pump in the basement? Will it freeze enough down there? What else did I
Does your hot water come from the boiler, or is there a separate water
heater? If so, need to drain the water heater.
Had a copper feed line to the washer break one time when I forgot to
blow it out.
If you have an electric water heater, be SURE to turn off the power to
it before draining - DAMHIKT.
don't forget the drain trap for the laundry. I'd say yes, blow out
and/or drain the entire boiler system including any expansion tank(s).
And the water heater. I'd say yes, there's a chance you could below
freezing even in a basement in the NE. Where exactly in the NE?
Boiler is critical, but air-Oxygen is worse as it allows rust and
kills Boilers fast. The water in there now has had the Oxygen cooked
out from day 1. I would not want Air in my boiler at all or Pumps.
www.heatinghelp.com ask at. Antifreeze Lowers efficency so I would be
carefull. Old boilers had Pilot lights. Heat tape, or a light bulb
works. What is basement temp low. Boilers are a risk, furnaces are no
Yr in a Pickle Barrel, Antifreeze does not transfer Heat like
Water. Antifreeze will cost you more to heat as it lowers efficiency.
An example, my friend with a work truck chevy 350 was proud he had
100% antifreeze but complained of no interior heat. I told him 100%
antifreeze is no good, he drained out half and added water and finally
got heat out of his heater core. No manufacturer recomends more then
50-50 antifreeze because the motor will overheat in summer since
Glycol is a poor heat transfer liqued compared to water, Ethylene
Glycol is needed for Corrosion, Antifreeze and Boilover protection ,
think about why 50-50 is recommended ! Racers use water and maybe Red
Line, Water Wetter for corrosion protection and a bit of antifreeze.
Add enough anti freeze and you lower efficiency maybe 20-30%.
Also adding new water is bad as minerals cook out and scale the
boiler at the bottom. The Bottom is where the Fire is, to much new
water and you lower efficiency with scale build up id water has
minerals in it, just like your car says to use Distilled water so you
dont clog the heater core and radiator, then you hear Popping as the
boiler runs as its scalled. Boilers are sealed forever to run best.
Oxygen- air- new water = Rust and a boiler replacement soon. I have
2 Boilers that are maybe installed in the 50s, if I left air in them
they would have rusted out 40 yrs ago.
Think about all the rust breaking loose-flaking off that occured in
the drain period, it will settle at the bottom of the boiler and cut
efficiency dramaticly. www.heatinghelp.com is better but I would not
want my system drained for winters. I have seen 50-60- 70 yr old
boilers in friends houses that dont leak and have no rust because the
oxygen was cooked out from day 1 firing. What you propose may ruin
everything from rust and cost a lot in future repairs. A rusted pipe
leaks from Oxygen-Air, boiler Auto Fill doesnt fill, boiler fries with
no low water cutoff, or Low Water Cutoff fails.
You have plaster walls? extreme cold can cause plaster to spall, the
layers fall off. homes are meant to be heated at least above
freezing.low spots in water lines burst, all sorts of wierd troubles
from a home freezing
set temp to 50 degrees, install security system with temperature
sensor, be aware your homeowners will need to know home is vacant it
makes it big tyarget for vandals and firebugs
get trusted someone top keep watch over your home probably your
dont tell them someone torches home investigator from insurance finds
it was vacant they werent notified?
NO COVERAGE FOR LOSS:(
expect insurance to go up by 5 times for vacancy.......
better to get somone to live there while your gone, perhaps a
realtive. let them use home for free and just pay utilities.
you save they save:)
I have a vacation home, its a regular policy. You say you visit it
often and keep lights on so you have a utility bill. I have a wood
fireplace. It is possible to be denied, your insurance broker is who
you should ask.
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