How To Prepare Your Plumbing Before Going On Vacation

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The worst thing that you can come home to after a few relaxing weeks out of town is a flooded home, caused by a burst pipe or some other plumbing issue. The water damage and cleanup associated with a plumbing problem that was allowed to go on unchecked for a few days can be extensive. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to prepare your home's plumbing for your absence to ensure that nothing goes wrong while you're away.

Check the Sump Pump

A malfunctioning or broken sump pump can leave your basement flooded due to heavy rainfall or a broken pipe. You can easily check your sump pump by pouring a small bucket of water into the pit that it is installed in. Once enough water is in the pit, the pump should kick on and drain it almost completely. If this isn't the case, you should contact a plumber like those at Johns Plumbing INC to have the unit inspected and replaced, if necessary.

Check the Water Heater

You should always set your water heater's thermostat to "idle" or "vacation" to reduce the amount of energy that it will use while you're away. For older models, you can simply reduce the temperature. However, you should also inspect the area around your water heater for any signs of leaks or water damage, which can point to structural problems with your water heater that should be fixed by a plumber before you leave.

Check the Drains

You should also check to make sure that all of the drains throughout your home are working properly, as clogged drains can leave water sitting stagnant in your sinks and toilets for the duration of your vacation. Even if no water damage occurs, coming back to an unpleasant smell isn't fun. Clear out drains using a drain snake or commercial drain cleaners, both of which can be commonly found at hardware stores.

Turn off the Water Supply

If you're leaving for an extended period of time, the best way to prevent water damage from occurring is turning off the main water valve for your home. The valve will be located in your basement, and it can be turned off by turning the valve counterclockwise until it won't turn any further (you may have to use a wrench to get it to move). With this valve turned off, even if your pipes do experience a leak, only a small to moderate amount of water will end up coming out, minimizing the damage.  

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