While you must be excited to get packed and go on a vacation, it is important to take certain precautions to keep your home safe and dry while you are away. Certain unexpected issues might creep in and damage your home. Here are some tips you must keep in mind before you leave your house unattended for prolonged period of time and especially if it is winter..
- Cut external water supply
The first and foremost step is to prevent a major flood is to close all the valves and cut external water supply. It will save your house from flooding in case any your pipe gets a leak or crack. Finding the main valve shouldn’t be difficult. It could be in your basement or next to your water meter.
- Empty all pipes
Open all faucets and empty all the pipes completely. Water has a unique quality of expand in the cold. So if there is water in your pipes and it freezes it is likely to damage your pipes. It will create cracks in your pipes or might make them burst. Hence, it is important that the pipes are emptied. You might also want to add an anti-freezing agent along with an odor and bacteria neutralizer. This will prevent bad smells and bacteria building up in your pipes. Not doing this might build up lot of foul smell and bacteria and fungus in your pipes and faucets when you return.
- Close all faucets
Once you have drained all the pipes and treated them, you should close all the faucets tightly. This will ensure that all you faucet doesn’t have a leak because it’s not closed correctly. Drain water from your toilets too with a plunger and then soak the remaining water with a mop or sponge. Add anti-freezing agent at all possible places to prevent cracking and breaking.
Check every appliance that has water running into them, for example – washing machines, dishwasher, geysers and filters. Observe all your waterlines, pipes, drains, and heaters for signs of leakage. If you find a leak, get them fixed right away. If you cannot do it yourself, get professional help from Pro Plumbing. Repairing at this stage is better than keeping it for later because an existing leak will become worse if left unattended.
Stay alert now and stay safe for longer. Take all above preventive measures and rest assured your home will stay safe and dry when you return. It will also save you cost of calling an emergency plumber later on. The last thing you want is to deal with a flooded home when your return from an awesome vacation.