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 Vacant house winterization
Author: amira_rn (NY)

Want to purchase a house in NY but concerned about the hot water pipes used for heating. Owner says when he left in September he drained all water pipes and put in antifreeze. He says the hot water heater in basement still needs to be drained. Do you think the hot water heater not being drained can cause damage? Temps now in single digits outside, the heater in basement of 3 story house.

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 Re: Vacant house winterization
Author: packy (MA)

they most certainly can be damaged.
someone will have to figure out how to blow compressed air into the heating pipes to see if they hold pressure.

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 Re: Vacant house winterization
Author: m & m (MD)

The water heater is in no way associated with the heat pipes, unless the owner is calling the "boiler" a "water heater" which may be the case. Either way, you do want to be sure a test has been performed to prove that everything is functional.

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 Re: Vacant house winterization
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

I'd be willing to bet that something has frozen and burst. If anything needed to be drained it's likely too late now.

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