Plumbing Checklist For Holiday Traveling.
Leaving for Vacation? Prep for your travels with our Plumbing Checklist For Traveling.
Before you head out of town for the holidays, here’s our checklist to prep your plumbing for a getaway and ensure you aren’t coming home to a flooded home or thousands of dollars in water damage. The best part? This quick checklist will only take a few minutes.
✓Shut off Your Water Supply
This single, simple task is the best way to prevent a major flood in your home. If you happen to have a faulty pipe or plumbing fixture that bursts or leaks while you are away, turning off the main water supply ensures no additional water will leak into your home.
✓Drain Your Outside Faucets & Disconnect Hoses
Once you’ve turned the water off, run your outside faucets and disconnect the hoses to remove all of the water from your pipes. You don’t want to go through the trouble of turning off the water, only to face a flooded home thanks to leaking pipes.
✓Drain or Turn off Your Water Heater
You can turn off your water heater or set it to “vacation” mode. Traditional water heaters that run on electricity or natural gas are likely one of the largest energy consuming appliances in your home. Turning it off while you are away will not only reduce your chances of flooding your home, but it can significantly lower your utility bill.
✓Clean Your Drains
Without water running through them, any minor clogs or gunk in your drains may start to smell. If it’s been a while since you’ve given your drains a thorough cleaning, now is the time.
✓Avoid Sink Stinkiness
The last thing you want to come home to is a foul odor emanating from your drains! Use baking soda and vinegar in your drains to clear any gunk that might be in there, then run water through your drains before you leave. This will push any food particles down the drain so they can properly wash away. Make sure to empty your dishwasher and washing machine too. Emptying these appliances will help prevent mold, mildew, and unpleasant odors, especially if you leave the doors open to air them out.
Our list should help you spend your vacation relaxing and enjoying your holiday, instead of worrying about your home.
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