Going on a vacation is your time to log off from the world, and the last thing you want to come home to is a headache. When water damage strikes, it’s often when you least expect it—and frequently, it’s while you’re on vacation. Below is our how-to guide on preventing water damage while on vacation.
What to Inspect Before Going on Vacation
It pays to have a neighbor you can trust. But sometimes, asking your neighbor to keep an eye on your home isn’t possible, especially if you live in a rural area. Whether you have a trusted neighbor or not, you should always inspect water-related items throughout your home.
Inspect the following items before hopping on that plane:
- The water heater
- Pipes under sinks
- Your sump pump
- All toilet tanks
- All seals around windows
- Your washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker
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Tips for Preventing Water Damage While You’re Away
Now that you have inspected your home, it’s time to safeguard it from any possible water damage. Start by turning off the water main and draining every pipe, including outdoor spigots. Thoroughly flush your sink faucets and toilets as well.
It’s smart to pour marine antifreeze in the toilet bowl if you happen to be vacationing in the winter. This helps prevent the porcelain from expanding and cracking. You should also:
- Insulate exposed pipes
- Leave cupboard doors open under sinks
- Keep your heater on during the winter
- Clean your gutters and downspouts
Is It a Good Idea To Turn off the Water When on Vacation?
The best way to prevent potential water damage while away is to cut the source.
If you are going to be vacationing for more than 24 hours, then it’s smart to shut off your water. This includes those short weekend vacations. You never know when water issues will make a splash, so safeguard your home from any problems and shut your water off when you’re away. No, shutting off your water will not damage your pipes.
What Should You Turn Off in Your House When You Go On Vacation?
Your water isn’t the only thing that you should turn off before leaving on your getaway. If you’re going on vacation, you should turn off your air conditioner, water heater, and lights. Don’t forget to unplug any unnecessary electronics while you’re away to avoid high energy bills.
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Get 24/7 Emergency Services With CTR
If you come home to a disaster, the team at Cleanup & Total Restoration is a phone call away. For over 25 years, CTR has had the backs of Southern Idaho homeowners. Whether your pipes burst while you were away or a heavy storm wreaked havoc on your home, our team is available when you need us to act fast. Let us restore your home back to its pre-loss condition—so you can relax after you get back from vacation.