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19 June 2019

What should I do to my home before going on vacation?

Tips to keep from returning home to water damage

What should I do to my home before going on vacation?


In all of the hustle and bustle getting ready for vacation, it's important to take few precautions to save you from returning home to a devastating flood and water damage. There's a reason they're called "vacation floods." Eager to leave town for some R&R, homeowners speed away without taking actions to keep water damage from occurring while they're away. Just a few minutes attending to these tips could save you extreme repairs and extensive insurance claims. Here's some advice to help you avoid "vacation floods" this summer.



1. Turn off the main shut-off valve to your home if you'll be away from your home for more than a day or two. 
2. Shut down your water heater's power source and shut the cold water valve off this way if your water heater  decides it is ready to leak, it will not continue to fill up and leak out more than the 40-50 gallons sitting in there. Also remember the phrase rightsy tightsy, lefty loosen - turn in all the way to the right. 
3. Walk around the outside perimeter of your home and make sure all faucets are turned to the off position. 
4. Critical - Turn up the temperature on your thermostat for the air conditioning to prevent condensation that can back up in your drain pipe causing water to constantly be overflowing. This is critical especially if it's really hot outside.
5. Midway through your trip, have a friend or family member drop by your home just to make sure all is well. We had one customer whose neighbor dropped by to check on her cat and discovered a tiny upstairs leak that had accumulated through the week had come through her ceiling. Murphy's Law. 
6. Three Way Plumbing's  here if you encounter a vacation flood, so keep our number handy. You'll need to move quickly to advise your insurance company and disaster clean up company as well. (see #1 through 5 to avoid #6).

Finally, just listening for some "odd" sounds may give you a clue that something's not quite right with your plumbing.  If you hear any of these sounds before going on vacation, give us a call and we'll take care of them before you have a bigger issue when you return:

  • Whistling noises from your toilet
  • Humming from your pipes
  • Crackling from your water heater
  • Dripping noise, but don't see water anywhere
  • Banging while fauct is on
  • Or any noise you do not recognize

We hope you have a safe and DRY vacation.

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