09:22PM | 09/12/04
Member Since: 09/12/04
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We have historically kept our home heated when we vacate for the winter. We are considering draining the water lines and turning off the heat this winter. we have heard various opinions about the possible damage that can happen to the building when it is allowed to totally freeze ie. foundation heaving, window seals popping, wood cabinets and flooring separating, frost in walls in the spring, piping joints weakening, interior grade adhesive and caulking weakening, masonry cracking, electrical being effected. Obviously we are concerned and would appreciate any imput or experiences someone may have.


07:55AM | 10/13/06
Member Since: 10/12/06
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what do I do when gone with turning heat off during winter months being i will be gone


11:03AM | 10/13/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You might want to repost this in the plumbing section.

You need to shut off the water and drain all of the supply lines. In most cases you will need to use air to blow out the lines beause of low places in them that can trap water.

And don't forget things like ice makers and dishwasher that will have water in the lines. And the water heater.

Then flush all of the toilets to drain water out of the tanks.

The pour NON-TOXIC RV anti-freeze into all of the traps.

Also if you have steam or hot water heat then you need to drain those.

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