When you’re planning your vacation, there is a lot to sort out. Packing alone can involve a last-minute scramble to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything. Besides ensuring everything is locked up securely and that you have someone to check your mail, don’t forget your home systems, especially your plumbing! It’s easy to assume everything will be fine until you get back, but this is not always the case. If there is a problem in your plumbing system, such as a leak or blockage, before you leave for vacation, you could come home to a flooded house. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your home while you’re away.
1. Turn down the thermostat.
Aside from reducing the chance of a pressure build-up, turning down your thermostat can save you money, as can doing the same to your water heater. While they will continue to do their jobs, their daily energy use will be greatly diminished. As such, the longer you are away from home, the more money this quick adjustment will save you. Furthermore, the lower temperatures will reduce the chances of a build-up of pressure.
2. Turn off the water mains.
Another way to protect your home and your plumbing while you’re gone is simply to turn off the water altogether. If no water is flowing through your home in your absence, you should not have any leaks, and it won’t cost you any money.
3. Test your monitoring systems.
Checking all of your monitoring devices, such as heating and cooling systems and detectors for carbon monoxide and smoke, is another vital task to check off before you head out on vacation. Replace all of the batteries to ensure the devices last for the entire time you are away. If you are concerned that any of the devices may not be functioning correctly, a professional should be able to advise you.
4. Look for leaks.
A small leak can soon become a big problem, but minor damage to your plumbing can often be hard to spot. Look out for signs of moisture around unused faucets or in spaces such as the basement, and investigate any sounds resembling water dripping or trickling. If you suspect there may be a leak somewhere in your home, it is important to resolve the problem immediately. A professional plumber can help you locate and repair the issue.
5. Have someone on standby.
Finally, just in case something goes wrong, it can be helpful to have a neighbor, friend, family member, or plumber on speed dial. If a monitoring system happens to detect something or a neighbor notices anything unusual, you’ll know your home is in good hands. With all of these precautions in place, you can go on vacation without having to worry about coming home to a disaster. Make the most of your time away, and know your home is safe and sound!
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