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Prevent Plumbing Problems on Vacation

5 Steps To Prep Your Home for Vacation

New Year, new vacations, here’s what you need to do to make sure your home is ready for your departure:

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Step 1. Pull the plug on all of your electronics. TVs, toasters, coffee pots, computers, etc., can continue to drain power even while in the off position. You’ll want to keep your fridge plugged in and perhaps some lights (on a timer) for security reasons, but all else can be unplugged.

Step 2. Tidy up before you go, including cleaning out your fridge and freezer, sink traps and garbage disposal. After being away for days the last thing you want to come home to is offensive odors from old food. For a DIY cleaning solution – mix half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water and pour each down your drains.

Step 3. Lower your heat, but do not shut it off. To avoid freezing pipes set your thermostats to no lower than 55 degrees. If you have pets or house plants in the home, adjust the temperature accordingly.

Step 4. Turn off the water supply to your home – this way if you missed any small leaks before, you can rest easy knowing there won’t be a flood to return home to.

Step 5. Phone a friend – not only to stop by and check on your home (and feed your pets) in your absence, but also advise your in-home service professionals (alarm service)that you’ll be out of town.

The last thing you’ll want to do is come home to a disaster. Look forward to your 2016 travels knowing your home is prepared!

For over 25 years, Patterson Plumbing has been Pueblo, Colorado’s go to company for plumbing, heating, cooling, water treatment, and remodeling needs. If you need us, we’ll be there – FAST. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call: 719.544.4922.

Protect Your Plumbing Before Traveling This Summer

Between choosing the destination, finding flights, booking hotels, and creating itineraries, planning a vacation involves a pretty intensive checklist. One thing to tack on the end of your list? Preparing your home for your absence.
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No matter how long you’ll be gone, there are some steps you can take beforehand to protect your home and plumbing:

  • Visible Cues – Lights, the yard, locks – make sure all visible elements are prepared. A continually dark house, an overgrown lawn, and open windows can be a signal to a burglar that no one is home. Set some lights on timers, trim your lawn short, and make sure all windows and doors are shut and locked before you leave.
  • Water Heater – Don’t run up your home’s energy bill! Set your water heater’s temperature to “vacation mode.” This doesn’t turn it off completely but rather prevents it from using energy to heat the water while you’re away.
  • Toilets – In general toilets can collect bacteria, resulting in stains, let alone when you are out of the house and water inside is left stagnant. Before departure, clean your toilet by pouring half a cup of chlorine in the bowl (not tank). If gone for a long period of time, have your house sitter or trusted neighbor come by for a flush.
  • Plumbing – Check for leaks and anything out of the ordinary to get repaired. It’s also a good idea to turn off the water at the main shut-off valve. This saves you from unexpected pipe leaks and bursts and thus – a flooded home – while you’re away.

The last thing you’ll want to do is come home to a plumbing disaster. Let the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating give you a hand now, so you can spend your vacation without a worry in the world (other than which new restaurant to try!).

Prevent Plumbing Problems While on Vacation

Summer vacations are on the horizon, but before you decide to pack up and head out for some relaxation – there are some things you may want to take care of at home first. The last thing you’ll want to do is come home to a plumbing disaster. So in order to avoid any kind of plumbing predicament while you’re traveling, here are some things you should do:

  • Inspect your home 1-2 weeks prior to leaving – Look at every appliance with a water supply and make sure there’s no corrosion on the water lines. Spotting a problem in advance gives you time to fix it before jetting off!
  • Turn off the main valve – This is the most effective way to ensure your home remains how you left it. With this valve off, no water should be coming into your home. This saves you from unexpected pipe leaks and bursts while you’re gone!
  • Check your water heaters – Make sure you don’t see any evidence of leaks surrounding it – if so, fix them promptly before vacation. As long as the water heater is operating properly, it’s a good idea to set the thermostat to a “vacation” setting so it won’t use energy to heat the water when you aren’t home.
  • Have someone check in! – Ask a friend, family member, or trusted neighbor to keep an eye on the house while you’re gone.

Once you take care of the above, call one of our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to repair or inspect any issues you may find! This way you can spend your vacation enjoying yourself rather than being preoccupied with what could be happening at home.