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Old 04-23-2012, 04:46 PM
 
Location: IL-just wait 15 minutes it will be different!
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Hi all!
we will be going on an extended business trip and were thinking about shutting the water off. If we shut it down at the main house shut off will that be enough to stop any leaks (would drain system and put RV anti freeze down p-traps, toilet to stop stink from coming back up) or do we need to have the city we live in shut the water off at the main? We have never been gone more then a week so we are not sure what would be the best way to not have any "surprises" when we return. Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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We just turn off the water at each toilet before we leave.

Your city may charge you to shut water on and off at the main. You should inquire about it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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Unless you have extremely funky utility set-up there is not any advantage to having the water turned off by the municipality. The most common spot for water to "spring a leak" is at the clothes washing machine connection. Simply turning off that connection will probably reduce odds of damage about 20-fold.

Turning off water at the point where the meter is will largely make any leak a non-issue. If you are worried about freezing you can have your whole system drained by a firm -- most the good REOs around me have that done and unless the house is HUGE it ought to only cost a few hundred bucks.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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I have three friends that have had the shut off valves under sinks pop off (compression fittings) and start flooding the house. Two of them caught it within minutes, one of them didn't catch it until they drove up and saw water flowing out their front door and down their driveway.

I once had a flex pipe at my water heater get a pin hole leak.If you are going away for a while, shut off the water to the house, not just a few valves.

It is very easy to shut off the water at the water meter in the front yard. You can also shut it off at the main valve at the house. Depending on your set up, it might be under the house, in the garage/laundry/utility room, or basement. You should know where the main water shut off valve is (for emergency).

Also be sure to shut off the water heater. If its electric, shut off the breaker, if its gas, shut off the gas valve.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I know of flooding from broken toilet valve, washing machine hose connection, under sink pipe, hot water heater, and a broken recessed in the house valve for the outside water spigot.

Also wise advice on shutting of the hot water heater.

Water will leak where it can.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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I'd follow Barking Spiders response. Our neighbor forgot to turn off his main valve and when he returned 3 months later he had $90,000 of water damage. Water rose to the window hight of appx 3 ft and everything was ruined in that house and had to be replaced. Water damage is the worst and can create health problems down the line.
Shut off the main valve in front and the water heater.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:02 AM
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Location: Holly Springs
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If you have an electric water heater, make sure you turn the breaker off to that as well.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: IL-just wait 15 minutes it will be different!
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I'd follow Barking Spiders response. Our neighbor forgot to turn off his main valve and when he returned 3 months later he had $90,000 of water damage. Water rose to the window hight of appx 3 ft and everything was ruined in that house and had to be replaced. Water damage is the worst and can create health problems down the line.
Shut off the main valve in front and the water heater.
Yeah, that's exactly what I am looking to avoid!
Thank you for the advice. That is what we will do! Gas heater so we will turn that off too! Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Don't you have another valve where the water comes into the house?

Anyone can go turn the water back on at the street/meter (by accident or otherwise)
In my house there is a valve just below the PRV where you can turn it all off.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: IL-just wait 15 minutes it will be different!
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Where we live the city has to come out and turn it off at the street, I dont know if someone who knew how to do that could, but I dont think the average Joe would. Yes, we have a shut off inside the house...which is where we would turn it off. If we had the city turn it off at the street they would not charge us for the time we didn't use it. It would save us a couple hundred dollars for the amount of time we would be gone. The delimma has been turn it off just in the house or also at the street. They do have a nominal fee to do that. Are concern was pressure in the line from the street to the house and of course the money...
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