7 June 2018

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

A few tips to keep from returning home to water damage

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

In all of the excitement and preparation that comes with going on vacation, make sure you take a 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 is always here if you should 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).

Everyone needs to take time off to enjoy friends and family over vacation. We hope you have a safe and DRY vacation.