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mmuth1

04:36PM | 01/08/06
Member Since: 01/07/06
2 lifetime posts
I've been advised by our homeowners association that if you have property that you visit on occasion, that upon leaving, you should shut off the water supply at the main line, turn off your hot water heater at the breaker box, and don't forget the ice maker(done anyhow as routine).

Is it really wise to turn off your water supply for a few months at a time? Are there any issues associated with this advise?

Dave0031

05:55PM | 01/08/06
Member Since: 06/24/05
13 lifetime posts
I would advice to shut off. If your away and for some reason a line busts in the house. They need to shut it off from flooding your house and possibly shorting out electrical. Who knows how long it would be leaking and flooding before it was noticed, especially if you have a basement.

I had a customer once came home to a flooded house and huge water bill due to this event.

Also I myself have had a line burst in a house due to the water department turning off the water at street to work on outside lines. When they turned it back on the pressure blew my line under the sink.

When you shut your water off there will always be water in the lines unless your faucet drips, but when shutoff if this event happens you won't have a mess or new swimming pool in the house.

mmuth1

05:57AM | 01/11/06
Member Since: 01/07/06
2 lifetime posts
Thanks Dave, will do!!

-Mike


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