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 extra 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.
What 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 subpump 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.