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Old 05-12-2018, 06:03 AM   #1
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Turning off water when leaving

There are numerous threads about turning off the water at the campsite when out for the day.

But how many of you turn off the water supply (as well as the hot water heater breaker) at home before you leave on a trip?

We donít, but Iíve been wondering if weíve been pushing our luck..
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:18 AM   #2
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I always turn off the water at the meter and set the hot water heater to "vacation mode" if I'm going to be away for more than a few days.

I have a neighbor who had a water line burst in the kitchen while they were away for a week of camping. The water damage was over $30,000.
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:31 AM   #3
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But how many of you turn off the water supply (as well as the hot water heater breaker) at home before you leave on a trip?
<hand goes up>

I didn't shut off the water until a few years ago when we heard a strange "ploink!" noise from our hall bathroom one evening. The toilet tank had suddenly cracked allowing water to start a steady flow on to the floor. Lucky for us we were home when it happened.

I can only imagine what we would have returned home to had we been on a trip at the time. Now we always shut off the water if we leave overnight.
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:56 AM   #4
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With the flimsy way TTs are put together, why would you risk something coming apart while you were away? It's bad enough if that happens when you're there and can react to the problem, but if you're gone.........bad news!
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Agree homes and RV's are different animals. Homes don't bounce and twist down the road nor do they go thru frequent cycles of on/off usage like RV's. Its much more likely that poor construction and vibrations and jolts will knock something loose in your RV. After suffering 3 recent water events in our WH, I have become more aware of the potential for problems with the plumbing. The most recent event occurred on a trip south. After stopping at a WWorld for the nite, I turned on the pump, made coffee, and went into the store to get something for dinner. Upon return I found the main salon flooded from under the kitchen island. Turned out that a faucet connection had loosened on the days drive.

My experience is that most things break when you first turn them on so that is when I have become the most vigilant. That was when the tank flush valve malfunctioned and when the fresh water input elbow sprung a leak. Now I turn on the water and immediately put an eyeball under the kitchen island, the bathroom sink [all the input lines are there] and other plumbing fixtures. After that we generally leave the system pressurized if on a city connection w/pressure regulator. If on the pump I usually flip off the switch if we leave for the day.

Did I mention that I hate plumbing!!
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:20 AM   #6
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Always turn the water off and water heater when we leave our stick and brick. I had a customer that we had just put a new kitchen in their home. That winter they went to Florida for two weeks. It was a tri level home.. A water pipe in the upstairs bathroom froze and burst. Water flowed throughout the home, all three levels. The house had to be totally gutted, including siding, insulation all drywall all flooring. They were out of the house for over 6 months, it was a complete rebuild..

Our water shuts off the house, but allows the outside system to remain on to keep plants alive. Because of the heat here in Az, we turn the AC up but leave it on. As part of our security system we have two freeze sensors (automatically texts if temp falls below 41 degrees), which will tell you the current temperature in the house. No wifi needed.. Last year I noticed one zone was warmer than other zone, had my daughter check and found that AC went out. We were able to take care of it before we even got home.

No downside to turning water off in the house.
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There is nothing like coming home after working a long frustrating day, pulling in the driveway, and seeing water running out the bottom of the house siding. Just when I wanted to kick back and have a cold one.

In my case, it was a pipe in an outside wall and there wasn't too much damage. Since then I've always turned off the main water valve, even if gone just 1 night. Same goes for the camper, except I don't trust it more than a half a day.
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There is nothing like coming home after working a long frustrating day, pulling in the driveway, and seeing water running out the bottom of the house siding. Just when I wanted to kick back and have a cold one.

In my case, it was a pipe in an outside wall and there wasn't too much damage. Since then I've always turned off the main water valve, even if gone just 1 night. Same goes for the camper, except I don't trust it more than a half a day.
The bigger problem is not just the water, but the mold that grows when the moisture content is so high. You were lucky it had not run that long and you caught it.. In the house I spoke about they even had to replace all the roof plywood as mold was everywhere..it was more work than just building new.
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We also turn off the water supply and heater when leaving the house for a trip. In the summer we also turn off gas at the meter.

At the campground we turn off the campground water supply when leaving the camper. If there is no campground water supply we turn off the water pump. We also make sure the pump is off while towing.
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:20 PM   #10
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Never turn it off, maybe thinking differently now after all the threads!Thanks
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