Fall Break is quickly approaching, and many families are trying to squeeze in one last getaway before the temperature drops and everyone begins to “hole up” for the holidays. Whether your family is planning on visiting a large amusement park outside the state or experiencing a large museum or other activity center in your local capital town, there are, as always, some important things to consider about your plumbing when preparing for your leave.
Aside from packing all of the bags and family members, there are some actions you can take to also prepare the plumbing of your home for the time you will be gone. This will help avoid accidents that you would otherwise be around to know about and fix before it causes any more trouble.
The following steps are some simple measures to take when preparing for a vacation:
- Checking your washing machine hookup could help prevent any problems during the heavier than usual load work your machine will have after all of the laundry from the trip makes it back home. The average hose lasts about 3 years, and replacing the hose before this process begins could save some more major repair or problems post-trip.
- Cleaning out your appliances that are most likely to collect stagnant water and food solids such as your garbage disposal and dishwasher will prevent the accumulation of odor causing bacteria during your time away. If left unchecked, food solids and water will remain still enough to grow mold and other bacteria and will begin to product a stink that will fill the house. Not a warm welcome you want to experience!
- Establishing that your sprinkler system and other outdoor systems are free of leaks will be detrimental to avoiding any possible water usage while in your absence. This will keep your water bill from climbing when no one is home to discover the leaks or remember that they have not turned the spigot off all of the way!
- One of the safest ways to avoid any plumbing accidents while out on vacation is to shut off the main water to your home. Turning off your main shut off valve prohibits any water from entering your home altogether. Don’t forget to drain all possible lines of remaining water once it is shut off!
These simple measures can save you leaps of time and money in the event that there is an accident that can cause further damage to your home or an accident that occurs while you are unable to intervene and fix it. Another good idea is to ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out on your family home, and depending on the length of your trip, taking a look around every other day to be sure everything is in working order.
Our team at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing wishes your family the best on your vacation and hope you make many great memories before the holiday season. If you have any questions regarding your plumbing, or are in need of plumbing repair, give us a call at (615)-227-2811 today!