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Preventing Home Emergencies While Traveling

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!).

Keeping Your Home Safe While Traveling

Your much anticipated vacation is just about here – time to put up the out of office responder, pack your bags, and of course prepare your home. After all, the last thing you want to worry about after leaving a stress free vacation is returning to some kind of home disaster.

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Simple preventative measures can work wonders in helping avoid broken pipes, power surges, and more – plus, they only take minutes to complete!

Fix leaks now – The best time to repair leaks is when you encounter them, not waiting until matters get worse. Check faucets in your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room for any drips or puddles, then give your friends at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call.

Adjust your thermostat – To save on energy use while you’re away, turn down your thermostat (but NOT off!). Setting it to 50-55 degrees will keep your appliances and pipes from freezing.

Get an automatic light timer – While you don’t want your home to look unoccupied, you also don’t want to rack up your energy bill by leaving some lights on. Get an automatic light timer that can turn certain lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule.

Pull the plug – Unplug your computer, TV, toaster oven, microwave and any other appliances to protect them from power surges. According to the Consumer Energy Center, many appliances can use power even if they are turned off.

Phone a friend – A simple way to really gain peace of mind while you’re away is asking a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house. Give this person a key to bring in your mail and check for anything out of the ordinary. Also be sure to give them your contact information and a copy of your travel itinerary in case of serious emergencies.

Once you have the above in order, give one of the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call to repair or inspect any issues you may find! Look forward to your upcoming vacation knowing your home is all taken care of.