Friday 14 July 2023

How to Prevent Plumbing Problems When on Vacation

Getting the chance to go on vacation is exciting; you get to take a break from reality and do things you’ve always wanted to do. There are so many travel choices out there; it’s all pretty exciting. Whether it’s taking a cruise and seeing the world, going out to the wilderness for camping, or even just taking it easy by visiting some family members, getting to shake up your routine in a new environment is exciting. As you already know, when it comes to vacation, you need to protect your home. You’re obviously going to want to install cameras, locks, alarms, and anything else to ensure the safety of your home. But this shouldn’t be all, either.

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One thing that everyone forgets about (with the exception of electricity) is the plumbing. Yes! Even if you’re away on vacation, that doesn’t mean that your plumbing can’t go haywire. While it’s rare, it can still happen. So, when it comes to your plumbing, here’s how you can prevent any issues while you’re away! 

If You Can, Turn Off Your Water Supply

The last thing anyone wants to come home to after a long vacation is a flooded house with water damage. These kinds of issues are easy to avoid with a few preventative plumbing measures. The first thing you should do before going on vacation is turn off your main water supply. It is usually located in the basement or crawl space. You can find it by looking for a valve with a wheel control or a lever handle that you can turn to close the valve. 

This step is particularly important if you’re going away during the winter when water pipes can freeze. If pipe bursts or leaks while you’re on vacation, it can cause a huge flood and cost you a lot of money in repairs and lost items.  But if you have old pipes, then it’s still best to do this, too, because, for the most part, an older plumbing system is fairly unpredictable. 

Consider Hiring a Plumber Before You Leave

If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, such as a month or more, it might be wise to hire a plumber. The last thing you want to discover is blocked drains when you get home, so ideally, hiring someone before you leave would be best. Just think of it this way, if you’re gone for a while, you can feel assured that everything is going well. This is especially apparent if you’re doing a home swap or even a short-term rental for your home while you’re away too. At the end of the day, it’s about being prepared and staying a step ahead to prevent disaster. 

Have Someone Check Your Home

For the most part, people will already look into this; it’s usually a friend, neighbor, or family member that does this. So whoever it is, as long as they’re trusted, it’ll be just fine. While they’re in your home checking your mail, checking on your pets, and ensuring that everything is fine, ask them to just check on your faucets and see if they hear any drips or leaks or even smells of sewage. 


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