Summer is just around the corner and people are in dire need of a much needed vacation. But something unnerves you as a homeowner. What if a plumbing disaster takes place while you were away and no one’s there to call?
What if the main pipe in the basement leaked and you came home to a flooded basement? A lot of things can happen, and that’s why it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your home’s plumbing system while you’re away on vacation.
Tips to help protect your plumbing while on vacation
- Shut off your main water supply before you leave. Most people tend not to do this because they have sprinkler systems.
- But if you can’t shut off your water supply, shut off the water supply to individual appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, etc.).
- Inspect all of the supply lines to your appliances and toilets. Look for any signs of bulging, cracks, or any signs of damage.
- Check your water heaters for signs of leak and rust. Leaks and rust means that your water heater is compromised and it may be dangerous to leave it unchecked for a week. Prior to leaving, be sure to have your water heater inspected by a professional plumber.
- If your water heater is in good shape, turn it off. This will help you save money on your electricity while you’re away.
- Alert your neighbours or trusted friends that you’re going on vacation. Give them your contact information or how you can be reached if you ever go out of the country in case of any emergency.
Leave your worries at home when you’re on vacation. If you want to protect your plumbing while on holiday, you can do the inspection a week before you leave or you can ask help from an experienced plumber. Taking these extra precautions will not only protect your plumbing, but it can also go a long way in guaranteeing the integrity of your home’s plumbing system.