Originally Posted By: dvalley
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usually has all sorts of leaks or seepages throughout the house due to dried up O-rings and gaskets. Attention to detail should be directed towards every plumbing fixture and supply/waste piping throughout the house.
Then, make sure you operate the heating mechanicals the whole time your there. I put all my heating units through a stress test by placing the thermostat on maximum capacity for at least a half hour.
Then inspect the remaining house the way you would normally inspect an occupied home.
Don't forget to do a last minute/final walk through of the basement/crawl to check for any leaks from upper floors.
This excerpt is courtesy of Russel Ray?
Hydrogen gas can accumulate in hot water systems that have not been operated for a period of time, such as in vacant residences. Under adverse conditions, this hydrogen gas can cause fires at faucets and explosions at water-using appliances. If your new home has been vacant for more than a few days, flush the hot water system by turning on all hot water faucets and letting them run for several minutes. Do not use the hot water faucets near any open flames (cigarettes, candles, etc.) and do not use any hot-water-using appliances (dishwasher) or nearby heat-producing appliances (dishwasher, cook top, etc.) until the hot water system has been flushed. If you have a multi-story residence, start turning on hot water faucets in the highest floor first and work your way down to the lower floors.
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