If you’re heading out of town this summer it’s important to prepare your plumbing! The last thing you want to come home to is a plumbing issue. We’ve put together a simple list to help reduce the risks of disaster upon your return.
Locate your main shut off valve and shut it off. This step ensures no water will leak should a pipe burst or an appliance break, in the case of an accident having the water supply turned off will greatly minimize any damages to your home.
If you do not want to turn off your water and you are not concerned about pipes bursting, then consider turning down the heat in your hot water tank. Keeping water warm but not cold (keep it above 60 degrees Celsius to prevent the growth of bacteria) will reduce your heating bill, since your water tank will draw energy to keep the water at whatever temperature you have it pre-set at. Some hot water tanks, especially power-vented models, come with a vacation mode. Using this setting will allow you specific controls over how cold your water in your tank will get and when it will turn off and on.
The last thing you want to come home to is a stinky house! An easy trick is to clean out your garbage disposal. Run water for 30 seconds and allow it to drain.
- Pour ½ of a cup of baking soda down the drain.
- Pour one cup of vinegar into disposal.
- Allow baking soda and vinegar to soak for 10 minutes.
- Carefully pour a pot of boiling water down the disposal.
- Run the disposal.
It’s also always a good idea to check your outdoor pipes and drains and make sure they are free of any leaks or clogs.
Have a Neighbor Check in
It’s always a good idea to give a friend or trusted neighbor a key and have them check up on your home every now and again to ensure of no issue have arisen.
Now go enjoy your vacation with peace of mind that your home is safe while you’re away!