House with no heat this winter

lsimmsMarch 5, 2014

My husband inherited a house in upstate NY and cut all utilities off over the winter.

House has well water so all toilets were dry when he left.

What should I expect? Is everything gonna be covered with mold? I'm kinda flipping out coz I'm going to move there to clean and get it ready for sale.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toxcrusadr Clay Soil

Considering the temperatures this winter, as long as the roof didn't leak, it's probably been preserved pretty well in the deep freeze. Mold should be the least of your worries in upstate NY in winter.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 5:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If the toilets and other water traps in the house are dry, then sewer or septic gases have been pouring into the house and it's going to reek!
Usually, you'd pour anti-freeze into the traps if you're turning the heat off.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 10:04AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toxcrusadr Clay Soil

You should be able to air that out by opening windows though, and as soon as you get there run water into every drain to block them off from sewer gas again.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 4:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

my surprise - in a house without heat all winter - basement floor heaved

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 11:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My main concern would be that the house temperature would get lower than freezing and that the pipes would burst. Even if the utilities are shut off, the water pipes could contain enough water to cause damage, even if the taps were all opened. You may not have water spilling out if the water is shut off, but when it is turned back on you will find out if you are going to have flooding.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 2:41AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
The strangest, persistent odour
Hello all. This is a serious mystery. About a month...
Getting cat urine smell out of carpet...
What's the best way? Or what's the best thing to make...
Heating Oil Spill & Smell
So here is my issue. Currently under contract to purchase...
Walk me through overflowed tub, waterfall in kitchen disaster
Yup. My 15 yo ds woke up this am, decided to take a...
Help! what kind of biting insect has invaded my home?
Over the last few weeks I've been itching from something...
Sponsored Products
Feiss Wright House 12 1/2" High Bronze Outdoor Wall Light
Lamps Plus
MaxLite MLFP22DS4041 Direct Lit LED Flat Panel, 4100K
Easton Two-Light Satin Nickel Adam Wall Sconce
$75.95 | Bellacor
Klus 00035 - MICRO SWITCH Base
Super Bright LEDs
3" LEDme IC-Rated New Construction Housing
LBC Lighting
Tolomeo Classic Wall Lamp by Artemide
$320.00 | Lumens
SBF 80 G5 Super Quiet Ventilation Fan
Juno Under Cabinet Lighting 22 in. Fluorescent Silver Under Cabinet Economy
$39.98 | Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™