When a client of mine is buying a house, particularly a part-time home, I emphasize – more than once – the importance of turning your well pump (or main water line, if you’re connected to community water) off when you leave for more than a day. Sometimes I feel like an overprotective mother reminding her charges to wear their rubbers when they go out in the rain. I harp on it because its REALLY IMPORTANT.
This week, a house that a client of mine is in the early stages of buying had a pipe burst — and the well pump was on. Its a part-time, weekend house, so no one was around. The heat had gone out, a pipe froze and burst. When the weather warmed a bit, the ice jam in the pipe melted and the water started flowing, and flowing and flowing. Needless to say, the house right now isn’t a pretty sight. Sure, its all fixable — there are companies that specialize in cleaning up and repairing water damage. But its so, so preventable.
So this post is just a reminder — particularly in winter — to turn off your water pump or main water connection when you leave. And put a note on your front door reminding guests, contractor or anyone else who may be in the house when you’re not there, to turn it off when they leave, too.