Tim Francis Realty LLC sells, leases and property manages executive homes in Atlanta. We believe if the home is vacant the water should be turned off. The reduction in a water issue is greatly minimized over the minor inconvenience of not having water. Just two hours earlier I was doing a move-out inspection with a tenant and the water wasn't running. It took me a few minutes to remember that my broker (and husband) told me he had turned the water off already, since the property was vacant temporarily.
Over the years, we've had two neighbors have problems - one while on vacation and another with a vacant home. Today, three hours after that move-out inspection, while walking the dog I noticed the neighbors driveway was soaking wet (and it was sunny) and that the brick was wet a few bricks up from the foundation. We went home and got our handy water turn off key. This is a great tool to have at your home.
Unfortuantely, here is the water CASCADING down from an unknown source on the second floor:
Over the years I have thought my husband was being a bit conservative turning off the water at the house when we go on vacation. Seeing this, I am the nut and turning off your water is the right way to go when you are not around to solve life's unexpected challenges. Water problems can start as simply as a running/overflowing toilet and you won't believe the problems you can get from that.
Do you turn your water off when you vacation? Do you recommend that clients with vacant properties turn their water off? Will you now?