Preparing to leave a home for the winter


Old 10-28-08, 06:18 AM
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Preparing to leave a home for the winter

My husband and I live in Illinois; we bought a house in Texas to go south. We need a list of what need to do to winterize our house in Illinois while we are down south. For example, can we turn off the water?
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Old 10-28-08, 10:00 AM
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Unless you intend to leave the heat on [low] you will need to drain the pipes so the water in all the plumbing can't freeze.
Old 10-28-08, 11:53 AM
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What kind of heating system do you have? Is it a hot water system or forced air or something else?
Old 10-30-08, 04:46 PM
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Leaving for the winter, I would drain the water, flush all the toilets, fill all the traps, including the toilets, sinks, showers, laundry with RV propylene glycol. Just keeping the heat on a low temperature is no insurance the power won't go out. Turn the water off at the street if possible. If you are on a well, turn off the pump at the breaker panel. Turn off the water heater(s) as well.
Old 11-01-08, 04:18 AM
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I agree that it would be helpful to know a bit about your heating system and plumbing.

Not sure if you thought about this but your insurance company needs to know about the house sitting empty.
Here, special arrangements for a policy to remain in effect need to be made when a house sits empty for an extended period of time.

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