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.
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!).