When leaving for vacation, every homeowner wants to come home to zero issues. That’s why it’s important to prepare your home before going away. Whether the trip is two weeks or three days, there is a plumbing checklist that will give you peace of mind while you’re gone. Check out these 5 tips that will ensure a happy homecoming!
Clean Drains with a Fresh Smell
Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to clean, fresh smelling sinks? Over time, a home’s drains can start to smell unpleasant. One way to freshen up a drain is by sprinkling baking soda down it, and then pouring some lemon juice down. This technique will not only eliminate the bad odor, but it’s also environmentally friendly and safe for your pipes!
Inspect the Water Heater
Before you head off on vacation, make sure to inspect the water heater for any potential issues. Keep an eye out for any drips or evidence of leaking water. If there are any noticeable signs of corrosion, this can also indicate there is a leak. We recommend having a professional come out and inspect the tank if you notice any of these problems.
Check Washing Machine hoses
Washing machines are the number one cause of homeowner insurance claims. The rubber hoses connected to your washing machine are prone to degradation over time. Look for drips or areas of the hose that appear damaged, blistered or cracked. Replace the hose at the first sign of damage. Our plumbers recommend replacing rubber hoses with braided stainless-steel hoses, which are considerably stronger and less prone to wear.
Turn off the Main Water Valve
By turning the water off at the main supply valve, you’re protecting your home from an unexpected water damage issue. If you leave it on, there are a number of possible plumbing problems that can arise while you’re on vacation. Turning it off is the best insurance for your home, and it will save you money! If you’re unsure where to locate your main water valve, contact a local plumber who will take care of it immediately.
Leave Local Plumber’s Information
Do you have someone watching your house while you’re away? If so, it’s a great idea to leave behind your plumber’s name and phone number. That way if there are any plumbing emergencies while you’re away, the person watching the house knows who to call right away!