Summer is a great time to go on vacation and enjoy all the world has to offer, but have you made sure your home is safe from potential plumbing problems while you’re away?
Here are some useful tips to help keep your home’s plumbing system trouble-free while you’re away from home this summer:
Check For Leaks
One thing you should do before heading out is check for any existing leaks or water damage. Inspect the water lines connected to the sinks, toilets and appliances in your home to ensure there are no leaks or cracks. It’s best to take care of this before you go on vacation because a small issue could turn into a big plumbing problem while you’re away. Don’t forget to check your water heater for any evidence of leaks, as this could also become a problem if left unnoticed.
It’s important to check all the drains in your home to make sure they’re free of clogs and debris. You should also empty the standing water from all of your toilets and sink traps to prevent leaks, foul odours and mildew from developing while you’re away.
Shut Off Main Water Valve
The best way to ensure your plumbing system is safe while you’re away is to completely turn off the main valve that sends water into the home. Shutting off the main water valve will prevent any unexpected leaks and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you won’t return home to discover water damage. You’ll find the main water valve outside near the water meter or on a basement wall inside your home.
Have a Neighbour Check-In
Even if you take proper precautions by doing all of the above, it’s still a good idea to have a trusted neighbour occasionally check on your home while you’re away. Walking around the house and doing a quick inspection of the foundation can help detect plumbing problems happening inside. Also, consider leaving a key with your neighbour in case of an emergency where quick access is needed.