My whole family will be out of town for three weeks. I plan to turn
off main valves for water and for gas. To me, this is all good,
nothing bad. Any comments? I'll leave the refrigerator on. If water
line is cut off, will it run OK? Thanks.
I believe the fill tube for the ice maker actually
drains after filling the ice cube mold. The designers
considered it freezing up. Perhaps that's why the
solenoid valve is down by the compressor on most
standard refrigerators. When I wrote drains, I mean
the water tube is made in such a way that it will
empty much like a frost proof outdoor spigot.
fine, FWIW, Ive seen it happen more than once. I've charged every time it
happened, so go for it. Empty what, you turn off water it still has
pressure in it unless youre smart enough to drain the outside sill cock.
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can\'t make them THINK"
How would you drain it?
Have you ever seen a frost-proof outdoor spigot? Remember, in this
case, we're not talking about turning off all the water, only this
spigot, so of course the pipe still has pressure in it, but the
outside sill cock doesn't require any draining. That's the whole
point of the design.
The icemaker can freeze if it tries to make a batch and does not fill
properly. Water dispenser should be OK. Just turn the ice maker off and it
should be OK. Yes, I've had it happen when I had the water off.
Turning things off may get you hot water tank hard to relight, valves
leaking etc. open water valve at low point top drain excess
pressure.turn all hot water tanks off, if yours leaks it can start a
fire or burn out elements.
a old neighbor turned off their water and went on vacation, some kids
opened hose valve for a drink, no water. they left hose on and walked
away. hose siphoned water from home, ruined hot water heater after it
got low on water
some main water valves are never moved, another neighbor thought his
was off, left valve in washtub on, and had wonderful 3 weeks in
alaska. had monumental water and sewer bill while away. the valve mus
of not been all the way off, water ran while they were gone, and
flooded their basement
the more important issues are keeping house looking lived in, stop
mail pick up junk mail and trash in yard, cut grass move drapes.
check with your insurance company a vacant home attracts vandals. have
a trusted neighbor walk thru and check on things, lights on timers,
perhaps a radio on a timer.
Trusted neighbor? What slice of the 1950s do you live in? Wonderful if
you have them, I guess, but not really common these days, at least
around here. I nod at my neighbors when I'm out doing yardwork, they nod
at me, that is about the extent of it. I certainly wouldn't presume to
ask any of them to enter my house in my absence, much less mow my yard
or anything. Not even any teenage kids around here to hire for mowing,
not that teenagers do that anymore anyway.
But yeah, otherwise what you said makes sense.
its best to be friends with your neighbors, have a block party, help
if you see them doing a project, start a neighborhood block watch.
observant friendly neighbors can be very useful.
like the ones next to my dads who used my dads call list in emergency
when water was running out my dads front door, the reverse osmosis
water filter tank had ruptured,.
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