You’ve packed your swimwear or your snow gear and you’re heading out of town for the holidays. But your return home could be less than relaxing unless you’ve taken a few precautions with your plumbing.
Here’s a checklist of six plumbing tasks you should complete before you head out of town this holiday season.
1. Shut it Down Outside
Before you head out of town, take some time to drain your outside spigots. When the temperature dips, it can freeze your pipes and cause cracked and leaky spigots.
2. Get into Vacation Mode
Take a look at your water heater before you leave for obvious signs of any problems. If all looks clear, dial back your water heater temperature or switch your water heater to vacation mode if your unit offers that option.
3. Avoid A Stinky Return
Often we clear out our refrigerator before we head out of town for the holidays and dump a lot of food down the garbage disposal.
Take a few minutes tol to ensure there isn’t food that will stink up your home while you are away.
4. Shut Off The Main Event
One of the best ways to prevent a plumbing disaster while away is to turn off your main shut-off valve. This will stop any water from entering your home.
Make sure you open up your faucets throughout the home and drain the remaining water out of the existing lines after you shut off the main valve.
5. Tinker With Your Sprinkler
If you haven’t turned off the main water value, be sure to turn off your sprinkler system. Unobserved small leaks can add up to a big issue when you get back in town.
6. Prevent Faucet Failure
You’ve likely budgeted for your vacation, so why let a leaky faucet waste money down the drain?
Take a look at thisthat shows homeowners how much that leaky faucet is actually costing in wasted water. Be proactive in addressing any leaky faucets before you head out of town.