By WorkSexMonkey - 04/01/2010 19:20 - United States
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it's perfectly fine to shut off the heat but you need to remember to shut off the water and drain the pipes. FYI for future reference, though I don't think they'll ever let you be responsible for it again.
Like FD929 said, if you're going to turn the heat off make sure the water lines are drained. Moving water (i.e. a dripping faucet) will take longer also to freeze than if it was stagnant in the line. So much for saving money with the costly fix of repairing the house. YDI.
Are you from Jersey or did you move there? If #1, YDI. If #2, YDI for not asking any questions of people who know something, like the neighborhood hardware store. So YDI.
I'll admit, I knew nothing about it when I moved to my current town because I was born and raised in San Diego....where it never gets THAT cold. During my first winter here, my electricity got shut off for 2 days and I called a friend who immediately told me about running the water.
I live in the south and had no idea stuff like that could happen in cold places. How do you even shut off the water (I'd assume that after you shut off the water, you drain the pipes by just running the faucet until no more water comes out, but how do you shut the water off in the first place?)