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.