The holidays are a popular time to go on vacation. Whether you’re visiting family or just looking for a cold weather escape, you should take certain precautions when it comes to your plumbing. Take a look at these ways to protect your plumbing if you’re leaving town!
Turn Off The Water
No one wants to come home to water damage. If your home will be empty for an extended period of time while there’s below freezing temperatures, consider turning off your water while you are gone to avoid the issue entirely. Another alternative is to have someone stay at your house while you’re away. This way, they can keep an eye on things and take care of any emergency situations that come up. (Not to mention if it looks like someone is home, your home is less likely to be broken into.)
Keep Your Pipes Warm
If you decide against turning off all water supply, you have to keep those pipes warm to prevent them from bursting. Keep the heat on, as cold homes are more likely to have frozen pipes. You want to keep everything above freezing temperatures, but not run up your heating bill. Be sure to cover your outside faucets to prevent them from freezing as well.
Turn Off Your Hot Water Tank
We wouldn’t wish anyone’s hot water heater to go out, but it does happen. And sometimes, when it does, it can be a mess. Avoid the risk entirely and turn off your hot water tank before you leave.
One Last Check
It’s probably a good idea to do a routine check of your plumbing before you head out. Check for leaks or any drips (don’t forget to look under the sinks) that could potentially turn into a big problem should they be left unattended.
No Additional Charge!
We wish you safe travels this holiday season! If you do choose to stay home, remember that there is no additional charge for holiday service calls! Request our service online any time!