After planning and saving, it’s finally time for a vacation. Whether it’s relaxing on sandy beaches or discovering a new country, excitement and fun await. However, the last thing you want to deal with on your return is a busted pipe that caused extensive water damage. Plumbers advise taking the following to steps before heading out of town.
5 Steps to Take Before Vacation
1. Check the Sump Pump
Make sure it’s working properly in case heavy rainstorms or flooding occurs. Do this by pouring a pitcher of water over it. If it’s working as it should, the unit will kick into gear and automatically remove the water from the retention pit. Call a plumber if the water remains.
2. Unplug All Electronics
A shoddy electrical outlet is among the top causes for house fires. Before leaving for vacation, unplug all televisions, computers, stereos, and other electronic equipment. Don’t forget the toaster, microwave, and alarm clock, too. As an added precaution, go through each room in the house, including the garage, and unplug any plugged-in items.
3. Turn Off the Main Water Valve
To prevent water damage caused by a burst pipe, turn off the main water valve. This will keep areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms from flooding because of damaged plumbing. Test to make sure the valve is off by trying to turn water on at a sink. If no water comes out, then you were successful. Contact a plumber if you’re having problems turning the valve off.
4. Adjust the Temperature
Instead of turning an HVAC system completely off, consider adjusting the temperature. Set the thermostat to a higher degree in colder weather and a lower one in warmer weather. This will save on electricity costs. Some systems will allow users to program the thermostat, so it adjusts to the outside temperature.
5. Check the Water Heater
Depending on the unit, most water heaters have a dial that can be turned to “low.” This adjustment allows the unit to continue operating at a lower energy consumption rate. You can also turn the water heater completely off before leaving for vacation.
Enjoy your fun getaway without having to worry about water leaks at home. For nearly 35 years, A-1 Tri-County Plumbing in Guadalupe County, TX, has been the area’s trusted contractor for professional repair services. The team of certified and licensed plumbers has extensive experience and equipment, so your home or business is protected. If you’re planning a vacation, call (512) 353-8656 for a thorough inspection. Ask about discounts for senior citizens and military personnel. Visit the website for more information on their services, including water heater installation and broken pipe repairs.