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Robert Benson

11:31AM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 01/04/03
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I'm wondering about preparing ones house for long term vacancy.
I may take a job in a more lucritive location and we want to keep our home here in Montana.
What is involed(or is it even poss') to prepare a home properly to leave it empty in cold(sometimes below 0) climates.
Thanks,
Robert

joed

03:58AM | 01/08/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
You have to drain all the water from all the pipes including the traps and toilets and hot water heater. The traps and toilets should be filled some sort of antifreeze to maintain the seal. If you are on city water I don't know what you can do about the line feeding into the house other than keep it warm to prevent freezing. If you have a well pump then you have to drain it as well.
There are some people that will say you should keep some heat on because of the drywall and insulation.
If you decide to keep some heat on then you should have someone check the house at least every other day. I think most insurance companies want a daily check or they will not pay off on busted pipes from freezing.

[This message has been edited by joed (edited January 08, 2003).]

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