Have you ever planned a long, relaxing family vacation, only to return home and find a flooded basement or other plumbing-related damage? For many homeowners, this instance is familiar, but it can be avoided if you take necessary precautions before leaving home. To best prevent plumbing mishaps while you’re away, prepare your home’s plumbing by following this vacation plumbing checklist.
Locate and Shut off the Main Water Supply
While preparing for a vacation, you need to not only pack essentials for a comfortable trip but also take necessary steps to protect your home while you’re away to avoid flooding and property damages. Before leaving, locate your home’s main water valve and shut it off. This step may seem like an unnecessary precaution, but if a pipe bursts or an appliance breaks, having the main water off will prevent water from leaking and eventually flooding.
If your main water supply valve is not accessible, or if you cannot locate it, you can shut off the water supply to individual items like sinks and toilets. In the case of an accident, having the supply turned off will minimize damages.
Clear Your Garbage Disposal and Drains
Leaving a fresh home only to return to a smelly home can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, with smells lingering throughout the space for days regardless of what cleaning technique you use. Before leaving on a long trip, flip the switch to your garbage disposal to ensure there are no food items lurking in the bottom of the unit.
As an extra precaution, you can quickly and easily clean your garbage disposal by adding baking soda and vinegar to the drain, then following this mixture with citrus peels to keep the disposal smelling fresh.
Check Appliances and Water Valves
In addition to shutting the water off, you can further prepare your home prior to a vacation by inspecting appliances for any oddities. Check your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator for standing water, signs of recent leaks or worn and damaged parts. Many insurance claims are caused by part degradation mishaps with washing machines and water heaters. If you notice any leaking, call a plumbing professional to inspect the appliance for damages and suggest repairs.
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse for Help With Your Pre-Vacation Home Prep
When you’re planning an out-of-town vacation, call the trained and experienced professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing to assist you with your vacation plumbing checklist — we’ll help you locate your main water valve and inspect appliances. For added protection while you’re out of town, trust a friend or family member to house sit and keep a copy of your local Mr. Rooter Plumbing contact information accessible.
To learn more about our plumbing services, call us today at 315-472-1203, or complete our online contact form to request an appointment.