Came across this photo today. I don't doubt that it's real.
The home next to us froze up a year ago January, when the owners were
away for the winter. I was the one who first noticed it when I saw three
large dirty brown frozen "waterfalls" on the outside of one of their
garage doors. It's a year later now, the house is stiull unoccupied, and
the owners are still negotiating with their insurer over the issue of
their "abandonment" without taking any appropriate safeguards to prevent
the several hundred thousand dollars of water damage which occurred.
Sure convinced me that the next time we leave home for more than a day
in the winter I'm gonna remember to at least close the main water
shutoff and invest forty bucks in a low temperature alarm which will
dial up a buddy with a key to our place.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can keep smiling when things go wrong, you've thought of someone to
That'd be hard to do in my house, the hot water heater is in the
basement, and with the main shut off there's no way it could be drained
through normal use of any faucet or appliance. It'd be unlikely that
anyone with enough knowledge and desire to find the heater and open its
drain valve wouldn't know to throw the breaker before draining it.
I was just thinking about what I should do to eliminate the kind of
horrific water damage that our next door neighbor suffered if our house
did lose its heat while we were away and a pipe froze and cracked.
Here's what I saw when I looked out our side windows last year. Dirty
brown frozen ribbons of ice coming down one of the neighbor's garage
doors, from the cracked pipes above.
If I thought there was a high probability of that happening I'd probably
take the trouble go through the full freeze prevention steps of draining
everything, antifreezing the toilets, etc. We heat with two separate
heat pump systems, so it'd probably take losing electric power to the
house for an extended period before things got cold enough to freeze up.
On Wed, 28 Jan 2004 15:53:17 -0500, Jeff Wisnia wrote:
Happened across the street from my buddy:
People signed a contract for a new house, moved out of their old house.
Wife wanted to leave the water on, so agents, buyers, etc could use the
potty, etc. Well, the pipes burst (I think they were out of town, and
nobody noticed for a few days).
So, long story short, their house was trashed to the tune of $30-40k,
homeowners wouldn't pay it 'cause the house was un-occupied, and they took
it in the ass 100% on the eventual sale.
Talk about an expensive potty break.
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