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Old 11-20-2023, 09:59 AM
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Say you’re away from the house 7-10 days …. Good idea to shut off the water supply to the house usually in the garage.

Is it advisable to relieve the water pressure in the house by opening the faucets ???

Or , just leave it be after shutting off the valve ??
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We always throw the value when not there but have never opened faucets to relieve the pressure. Never had a problem not relieving the pressure and knowing the water is off gives us piece of mind.
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We always throw the value when not there but have never opened faucets to relieve the pressure. Never had a problem not relieving the pressure and knowing the water is off gives us piece of mind.
Thanks , I’ve done it both ways with no issues either way .

Just curious as to what others do….

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Old 11-20-2023, 10:47 AM
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It really doesn't matter if you relieve the pressure, but it won't hurt to open the faucet at the far end of the house for a few seconds
This will also confirm that the water is off.
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Just curious as to what others do...
I'm in the 'relieve' camp.
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We always throw the value when not there but have never opened faucets to relieve the pressure. Never had a problem not relieving the pressure and knowing the water is off gives us piece of mind.
You should turn a faucet on when you turn water back on so as not to blow pressure tank. You have 60-70 lbs of pressure coming on all at once.
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You should turn a faucet on when you turn water back on so as not to blow pressure tank. You have 60-70 lbs of pressure coming on all at once.
Thanks, will do, never thought about that.
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I'm in the 'relieve' camp.
Me too.................more than I use to unfortunately.
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Say you’re away from the house 7-10 days …. Good idea to shut off the water supply to the house usually in the garage.

Is it advisable to relieve the water pressure in the house by opening the faucets ???

Or , just leave it be after shutting off the valve ??
Unless there is a forecast for extended below freezing temps while you're gone, IMHO there is no reason to turn off the water to the house. We turn off the water to the clothes washer if we're going out of town for two-three weeks.
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IMHO there is no reason to turn off the water to the house. .
Leaky toilet, leaky valve, a worker or mower gets a drink from your outside faucet and does not get it totally shut off.

(Know someone with the toilet issue............big water bill)

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You should turn a faucet on when you turn water back on so as not to blow pressure tank. You have 60-70 lbs of pressure coming on all at once.
Is there that much pressure here? Everywhere in The Villages? I don’t feel that I have that much.
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I turn off the water and the hot water heater. Why heat water and I you a have a leak it will drain the tank and you will be heating an empty tank
Possible fire threat
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Say you’re away from the house 7-10 days …. Good idea to shut off the water supply to the house usually in the garage.

Is it advisable to relieve the water pressure in the house by opening the faucets ???

Or , just leave it be after shutting off the valve ??
Plumbers told us to turn the water back on very slowly. Maybe 1/4 turn at a time. Wait 30 seconds for each turn. This alleviates the pressure. Otherwise, the first stream of water at an elbow joint (usually utility sink) is like hitting a brick wall, which can damage the joint and cause a leak.
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Default Turn off water, water heater and icemaker and relieve some pressure

10 year old house - I always turn off the water at the main garage valve if leaving for extended period. Have a fear of returning home to find water running down the driveway...

Also relieve "a little" pressure.
And if turning off the water, I also always turn off the electric water heater in garage along with the refrigerator ice maker. NOT the refrigerator itself.
(new houses have gas water heaters I understand, so likely different)

Upon returning, VERY slowly turn valve in garage back on.
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Unless there is a forecast for extended below freezing temps while you're gone, IMHO there is no reason to turn off the water to the house. We turn off the water to the clothes washer if we're going out of town for two-three weeks.
I have personally seen two houses that were totally destroyed by a water leak that occurred while the owners were on vacation. In one case, a home watch person turned on the water, flushed the toilets, and then forgot to turn the water back on. A toilet on the top floor overflowed and ran for 3 weeks and destroyed almost everything in the house, which took a year to rebuild. By the way, I don't see any reason to have a home watch company turn on the water to flush the toilets.
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