As the holidays approach, many of you will be taking trips to visit family. Unfortunately, there’s a chance that you could arrive back home to a less-than-merry surprise. Before leaving for a trip, you probably lock up your home and secure it against burglars or other disasters… So make sure to protect your plumbing, too! At the very least, you can save a bit of money.
Turn off your water supply. This isn’t an absolute “must” but it can prevent water damage in your home, in the event a pipe develops a leak while you’re gone. Locate your water main shut-off valve, and turn it to the “off” position.
Open a faucet on the other end of the house, to drain what’s left in your home’s plumbing.
When you return home, turn on the water main slowly, to prevent surging pressure on your home’s appliances.
Or… shut off individual appliances. If you must leave your water supply turned on, due to your sprinkler system or some other reason, you can at least turn off individual appliances in your home.
Turn off your water heater. If you elect to turn off your water supply, then remember to turn off your water heater, too. Otherwise it might sit empty for the duration of your trip, and the elements can burn out if they’re constantly trying to heat an empty tank.
Also, your water heater is one of your largest energy consumers in the home. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, you might as well turn it off and save money. You can shut it off at the heater itself, or simply flip that breaker in your circuit panel. Some heaters even have a convenient “vacation” setting.
Just remember to turn it back on as soon as you arrive home. It will take a few hours for your water to heat up again.
Make sure you have our number. After holidays and exhausting travel, plumbing problems are the last thing you want to confront. Keep our number handy, and call our emergency plumbers right away in the event that you arrive home to a problem.