A little early on this question, but want to plan some before I head home early April. I had shut up the house, turned the water off (water company shut it off at street), left the furnace on low temp, left the softner on (it won't cycle unless water is used, automatic). I had done the same previous two years, but not the water shut off at the street. Is there anything special I need to do when the water is turned back on at the street? I also had turned off the valve inside the house and left a couple facets open (kitchen and bathroom) so that when they turn on the water from outside, I don't have water running out the facets in the bathroom and kitchen. I do know or will, flush the system good before using the water inside and probably throw away the first couple batches of ice cubes and of course, sanitize the toilet, etc. I'll call my water company and tell them to turn on the water the day before I get home, so all I have to do is turn on the factet at the meter inside (after shutting off the facets in kitchen and bathroom). I guess I'm concerned about the quality of water inside the pipes inside the house, and the ice cube maker, water softner, etc. Any ideas from you experts on restarting the home base when you get home in the spring from enjoying the sunny South all winter ( )?