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Your Maine Oil Company Calls With Good, Not So Hot Home News To Share.

You are a snow bird, away from your Maine home.

It's winter, the place back in Vacationland that is heated, empty is being checked by friends. You think. The Maine oil company dispatcher calls. Lets you know the Maine home is not taking any maine jeep photoextra oil. Already topped off with the Texas tea.

When the delivery truck beep beep beeps. Screws on the brass hose fitting on the fill pipe.

Your Maine home is not thirsty.

No bottoms up happening. First thought is no expensive oil pumped into the tank and then why is that wheels turn in your head.

For starters, no furnace slurping oil, coming on, so ice ice baby. Cold home and the place has hot water oil heat.

So that means freeze up, but water running on all the Maine home levels for awhile.

The bathroom faucets in the tub/shower and sink break. And before they ice over, water that expands, splits the plumbing lines is spilling water into the ceilings, walls. Soaking up rugs, furniture like milk poured on your Wheaties.

maine lake chair photoWhat a mess beyond the expensive furnace boiler freezing up.

If the Maine home has oil hot air heat, the domestic plumbing for the bathrooms and kitchen might be drained too.

Water turned off at the cellar main in from the street. Or from the well pump that has it's circuit breaker turned off.

Or the oil hot water zones could have Prestone, antifreeze pumped into the line loops.

To protect them for the chance the furnace heating the Maine home did not come on. Automatic devices don't always do their job for a variety of reasons. Equipment failure, lack of maintenance, old age, power failure, programable thermostat that has a battery the owner forgot to replace dies.

Or the winter weather with lots of snow took a two day break. With high temperatures, lots of melting snow and frozen ground to work with. So the frost makes the only place to go for the high banks surrounding the home water is into the cellar. Which the Maine home owner expects in spring with a maine lake rock photosubpump handling the removal.

But maybe that subpump only used in spring and history showing not every year does it get called into service. Not always needed.

So caught off guard, the subpump that hopefully was plugged in, started pumping. Until the long outside drain hose stops the bailing out action.

When winter returns, temperatures drop and the line freezes up. While more run off keeps pouring in as it too slows with the temperature going down, sinking.

And the water level in the cellar rises over the Maine home furnace oil burner.

Furnace drowns out, stops heating the home. Rut Rho. The friends or family checking the home get out of the habit and miss their beat.

No light in the Maine home window that comes on, flashes and is colored to stand out when the temperature drops either.

No weather walkman or the bulb in it burned out, missing or another automatic device does not spring into action. Unplugged by mistake. No phone device that makes the call if the pre set temperature deviates from what is programmed. It happens.

Check your Maine home that is empty, vacant snow birds. We have had the spring like warm temperatures a little early. And plenty of snow to create the wrong combination in the Maine home to make sure the place is just like you left it last fall Mr Property Owner.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Comment balloon 6 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • March 23 2014 08:06PM

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Not a happy post.....  Many preventative lessons and tips shared here. 

Granted, it would initially be nice to not need to fill up on the propane.  Yet the reasons why not needed sounds like a nightmare. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 6 years ago

Hi Andrew.  I have temperature monitor just for that reason.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 6 years ago

Sondra ... You are right about at first thing great, did not use any fuel to have to replace. Then you think oh oh how long without heat and how much damage from running water taking it's toll. House sitter looks pretty good if you can locate a low impact one. To be the eyes and ears. We shepherd them but daily inspections would be a full time job when you have a healthy inventory of empty property listings.

Conrad... You must live in the North East! (Smile)

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Andrew,

Puts a chill down my spine to think about it. We have seen relocation company homes that had the furnace stop before they could get in there to winterize it. Horror show for sure.

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hi Andrew: The raven did not reach the home owners to advise that Houston, they have a problem..

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) over 6 years ago

Dana ... You see "winterized" stickers on some repos. Hard to say they are after they freezed up and got there way too late. Not just replacing furnace but all the damage from running water, those old radiators that are full of rust and flood the floors, ceilings, inside the walls. Yikes.

Maria ... You are correct. Did not flap his black wings fast enough up and down.

 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

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