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  • Closing up a house

    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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    shut it down,but hire a pro

    There will be plumbers in the area that have a speciality of closing and opening beach propertys. I know this well ,as cape cod was my home for years. If you screw up on this yourself, you have much to loose!
    be well tool
    I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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