We all need to go on vacation every once in a while and relax a little bit. However, just because you’re away from work doesn’t mean you’re free from your homeowner responsibilities. After all, houses require care and maintenance. Read our tips below to avoid coming home from your vacation to a plumbing disaster.
Check Toilet Tanks
Your toilet tank refills after every flush thanks to the flapper valve. The problem is that this simple mechanism is not foolproof and sometimes it doesn’t close properly, causing water to continuously run in the tank—and raising your water bill. Inspect your toilet tanks before you go on vacation.
Inspect Your Washing Machine
Alongside water heaters, washing machine hoses are one of the most common causes of leaks in homes. Make sure everything is attached and call a plumber if you’ve been noticing puddles in the laundry room. Your washer can leak for several reasons, including overload and a clogged drainpipe.
Examine Outdoor Faucets
Homeowners frequently forget to look after plumbing issues outside their house before they leave on a trip, so make sure to inspect all your outdoor faucets. Faucets frequently leak, and yet they can be easily missed if you’re rushing to leave.
Shut Off The Main Water Supply
If you’re going on vacation and there’s no one left at your home, what’s the point in having water running in your pipes? Just shut off the main water supply and go enjoy your holiday. The main water supply shut-off is usually located in your furnace room. Shutting it off is an effective way to prevent burst pipes and water leaks.
Adjust Your Water Heater
Don’t forget to shut off your water heater if you decide to shut off the main water supply too. Otherwise, it might continue heating and cause damage to the equipment. During winter, however, different rules apply Under extremely cold temperatures, don’t touch the main water supply, and adjust your water heater to 16°C or 60°F to prevent freezing pipes. You can also set your water heater to “vacation mode”, if applicable.
While these preventative measures can help ensure you don’t return home to any problems, it’s a good idea to re-check these areas when you get back from vacation as well.
We hope these tips will help you prevent a serious plumbing problem while you’re on vacation. Remember that you can always count on Roto Rooter to provide you with plumbing services that are second to none. Contact us through our website or call 208-232-2458.