I think that my next door neighbors would be willing to keep an eye on
our place, as I would be with theirs. (on one side that is; the lady on
the other side passed away and the house is for sale. Gotta suck for
her family to have to sell in this market.)
Now the people across the street... I dunno.
To the topic at hand; I do turn off the water and WH when I leave for
more than a day. Last time I didn't, we were only gone for three days
but of course that is when the T&P valve on the main water heater stuck
open. Fortunately only a small patch of carpet was damaged; the
flooding was confined to the laundry room and that was the impetus I
needed to rip up the crappy old floor tiles.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Sorta depends on the area. We go back and forth all the time
checking on each other. Of course the "rookie" in the neighborhood has
lived there 10 years now and 5 of the 8 houses in the immediate area are
occupied by original owners from 20 years ago. We are running low on
kids for mowing, but that is more a function of lack of teens than
"Distracting a politician from governing
is like distracting a bear from eating your baby."
I turn mine off if the house will be empty for more than
a week. I turn off the gas to save money (and as an extreme
safety measure). I turn off the water in case of a leaks.
Water leaks do happen spontaneously, and often. Having
said that, by far the most common cause is the failure
of the flexible hoses to washing machines and dish
washers. I've installed high quality flex hoses and
so my risk is greatly reduced. But it takes 30 seconds
to turn the entire water supply to the house off and
I'd rather do that than face a small risk of major
damage and a serious cleanup project.
Although I turn off the water supply to my house, I
have it arranged so the sprinkers can remain on.
That's critical for a long summer vacation unless I
want to return home to a dead lawn and plants.
I leave the power on but disconnect most outlets
except for the fridge/freezers and security lights.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Just because nothing has ever happened in your absence doesn't mean it
never will and it doesn't logically extend to others that your
experience means nothing will happen to them. Plenty of folks have come
home to find a flood and/or extensive damage because a fitting let go or
a supply line ruptured etc.
I make the risk vs reward calc.....turning the water off is easy, esp
since when I re-plumbed I can now kill water the house & still leave
the yard water active. But I still dont do it.
Turning off the gas requires relighting stove, water heater & furnace
pilots....too much effort for (imo) very little added benefit.
imo good maintenance is a better way to go than shutting off the water
when gone for a couple weeks......fittings & supply lines can "let go"
when you're at work ....and most people spend WAY more time away from
home at work than on vacation. Even a relatively brief leak can yield
a flood & extensive damage. So on a "time / risk adjusted basis" one
is more "exposed" to failure everyday than while on vacation. Yeah,
if you dont have a neghbor watching out for your house the water can
run a LONG time but most of the damage is done very quickly.
You're right about supply lines letting go at any time....my neighbor
had an ancient supply line blow out, but she was home. The water ran
for about 15 minutes until she discovered the failure & shut off the
angle stop. Her husband wasn't preventive maintenance type of
guy....the failed supply line was probably 20 years old; plastic &
brittle. The supply line failed in an upstairs bathroom...flooding
the wooden floor, the ceiling below, the book shelves & the first
floor wooden floor...... a huge mess & expense.
If shutting down the gas & water when you're gone gives you peace of
mind...go for it....but the "real" exposure exists everyday.
yeah everyday has risks. just worrying excessively about home or
anything can make you ill.
personally fixing anything around home is better than being
so what if someone breaks in while your away? or sets your home on
observant neighbor might try using your garden hose to put out
nuisance fire set by kids. but with your water off fire grows........
its impossible to protect against everything:(
The water being off won't effect the ice maker at all.
When I go out of town for any long period, I (try to) plan ahead and
save some $$ by emptying out and unplugging the refrigerator. Also, as I
don't have an alarm or anything else requiring power, I also shut off
the main breaker. Not suggested if you live where leaving light or
whatever on is necessary for security. (A flashlight is left by the
front door in case I return after dark)
If you do shut down the refrigerator, do so by unplugging so you won't
have to later mess with readjusting temperatures and all that. Be sure
to open everything up, and block it's door/s open, or it'll be really
skanky when you get back.
PS, A little off topic, but another thing I do is keep a $5.00 bill
permanently placed in plain sight, and positioned to be the first thing
visible upon opening the door... should it ever not be there, the cops
will be called. (Needless to say I live alone, and the bill isn't
visible from outside.)
I know I'm more than a little late but.......
Talk to your insurance agent about wha tis expected/require by your
insurance company. Talk to your plumber about what he recommends. Why rely
on a bunch of semi functional anonymous strangers?
well a wire could short and start a fire, so probably good to power
off the home, ahh except dark home may make it a break in target.
its iompossible to protect against everything............
better to be well insured, and enjoy your vacation
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