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    I am reposting this in what is probably the more appropriate section of this forum - I barely got a response in the general section.
    We (jointly) own a home in Atlantic City that is not occupied during the winter. We turn the heat down to 52 degrees. With the increased gas prices, the heating bill this past winter was as high as $600 for 1 month.

    It has hot water (hydrionic) heat with radiators. 2 zones. It is roughly 100 years old, with lathe and plaster walls.

    The home has four floors, the lowest floor is a seperately zoned unused apartment with 2 bathrooms and a washing machine. The upper three floors have 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a washing machine, and a dishwasher. We are interested in the facts regarding having the heat shut off altogether. WHat is entailed - [draining the radiators, boiler, overflow tank. Antifreeze in washing machine and dishwasher}??? How expensive should this be? WHat would the trade-off be in terms of damage to walls or furniture? What is the risk of a pipe or fixture not fully drained or 'missed' that end up freezing and bursting? Do you need to bring in a plumber in the spring to get everything up and running normally? If we keep the heating system off continually all 12 months, can seals dry up and fail if ever started again?

    Any information you can supply to help make an informed decision would be helpful. I know it was a lot of questions. Thanks in advance.

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    agent511: I will leave the plumbing questions to the plumbers, but I have to ask a few questions about the rest of the house and area. Does the frost line in your area go as deep as the basement floor? What kind of soil is around the house? And under the floor (basement)? All these things can affect an unheated house.;eek;
    Last edited by Pipestone Kid; 04-18-2006, 01:09 PM.


    • #3
      The basement depth varies from about one to about 3 feet deep. Atlantic City is a barrier island. The soil would best be described as very sandy.


      • #4
        With that kind of soil and the area you are in, you should have no problems with frost. Here in Minnesota, if you are in clay soil, the frost can cave in basement walls and heave the concrete floor if left unheated. Good luck with the rest of your questions.