a great explnation of some of the issues which go beyond water and
the article points out freezing can damage electronics.......
you can all go read for yourself:)
I have seen plaster spall in unheated homes. moisture in plaster
freezes, moisture expands and it literally falls apart.
doesnt appear to be a issue for drywall.
plus the expansion contraction can cause cracks, homes werent designed
to freeze thaw
What building materials are anything but well preserved in the cold?
I've used vacation houses left ice cold except on weekends and they weren't
affected in the slightest. Of course the water had to be drained, but that
isn't a big deal.
Due to condensation from temperature changes paint flakes, wallpaper
comes off (or mildues) plaster can crumble, but more often drywall.
The biggest concern, however, is frost getting into the foundation and
heaving it - which cracks walls, cracks foundations, and can even go
as far as cracking window glass and causing doors to jam.
Rather than bother the neighbor, get a sensaphone that will call you
up when temperature or anything else changes.
By the time the neighbor drives by, the pipes could have frozen.
Thanks for the ideas. While following one suggestion I found a "Winter
Watchman" by Honeywell at ACE Hdwe. for $21. Set the temp, turn on the lamp,
plug lamp into watchman, plug watchman into wall. Just what I hoped to find.
Ran tests in the basement, then in the garage. It seems to work. Thanks all.
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