It’s summer vacation time; you’ve double checked that you’ve packed everything you need, but have you prepared your home for your getaway? Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a long summer vacation, you need to ensure that your home is in top condition for your return. Here are five tips on how you can prevent costly issues from occurring with your home’s plumbing while away.
1. Shut off your water supply- To give your home an extra layer of security, it is always a good idea to shut off your home’s water supply to prevent pipe leakage or other unexpected plumbing issues. The shutoff valve for your water supply is usually located next to the water meter and can be turned off by hand or by using a wrench. If you cannot locate your shutoff valve, you can call us for assistance. In addition, you should shut off individual water valves to the dishwater, icemaker, and washing machine.
2. Inspect your gutters- Heavy summer rain and flooding is a common issue that homeowners face during the summer. Make sure that your home can handle the rain by removing any debris or leaves from your gutters, so rainwater will properly drain from your roof. If your gutters are not cleaned out periodically, foundation damage, roof leaks, basement leaks, and insect infestation can occur. If you need assistance inspecting and cleaning your gutters, call the experts at Komar Anchor.
3. Adjust your water heater- This tip is especially important if you will be gone for an extended period of time. Setting your water heater to the lowest setting possible is smart because this will keep your energy bill low while you are gone. To save even more on your energy bill, remember to turn off and unplug electronics such as your microwave and TV that use energy, even when shut off.
4. Test your sump pump- You can test your sump pump by pouring water into the sump pit to increase the water level. If the pump ejects the water properly, then your basement is safe. The sump pump is essential to prevent basement flooding if your gutters fail, so it is best to have your sump pump inspected by a professional Komar Anchor drain technician.
5. Turn off outside faucets and disconnect hoses- This tip will help you save money on your water bill while you’re gone. If not turned off and disconnected, those drips and leaks can become costly. Another area to pay attention to is the standing water from toilets and sink traps. This can also be a source of leaks, as well as foul odors from stagnant water. It is best to drain these areas to prevent odors, mold, and mildew.
If you’re planning a vacation and need assistance inspecting and preparing your home, give Komar Anchor a call! With over 150 years of plumbing experience, our professionals can complete your residential or commercial plumbing projects with confidence.
Our residential and commercial plumbing services include:
· Bathroom Addition/Remodel
· Hot Water Tanks
· Drain Cleaning Services
· Certified Backflow Installs & Testing
Call 330.758.5073 to request a free estimate!