Should I Shut off my Water Before I Leave for Vacation?

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Maureen Cosentino

Subject: Confused re: instructions

1) will turning all the gas value cause condensation?
2) Will turning off main water value turn off water to outside spigots; neighbor will water roses if needed? If not, should I turn off the water supply to the tank? It is on th second flour and that makes me nervous. Thanks.


Subject: Turn off water heater and water?

If I am going on vacation for an extended period during winter (it occasionally gets below freezing here), should I turn off water valve AND the gas water heater or just turn off the main water valve?
I am seeing a lot of people advising to close the main water valve but leaving the gas water heater on "pilot" or "low". I am worried because what if a water line bursts and drains the water out of the water heater? Wouldn't it damage the water heater?
Please advise.
Thank you,

Jim Murphy

Subject: Shutting water valve off when leaving on vacaton

This answered one question for me, but raised others.

If you turn the water valve off, is there a proper procedure to follow? Same thing for turning back on so you don't get air in the lines. Which do you turn on or off first?

I have read you need to turn off an ice maker in your refrigerator and also set your water heater to vacation mode. Can someone tell us the right steps to take?

I'd love to see the answer, so I don't make a mistake. Thanks.


Subject: Steps fefore Shutting off water when going on vacations.

Steps before going on vacations and turning off the main water valve:

1 turn off the gas valve for the water heater. If electric water heater just to he on the safe side, disconnect it from the wall (AC).
2. Turn off the water vavle that feeds water to your refrigerator.
3. Right before the last person leaves the house, turn off the main water valve in side the house (if you don't have one or don't know where it is turn it of from outside).
Note: it is very important not to drain the water heater or any water inside the water pipes onside your house. When empty it will build corrosion inside and in a few years (5-10) that corrosion will build up and replacement might be needed in some areas.
When arrive home from vacation.
1. turn on main water valve.
2. Start by flushing all Toile's around the house and open all water faucets (hot and cold) 1 at a time for about 2 min . repeat 3-5 times or as needed. Once the water comes out clear go to next step.
3. Turn on the refrigerator water valve.
4. Plug in the ac or Turn on the gas for the water heater. Go thru the proper steps to get it going.
Hope this helps.

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