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.

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