Water Damages Don't Take Vacations
The weather is starting to get warmer, and summer is slowly creeping up on us. That means it’s time for people to start booking and going on vacations to tropical places. When people leave for their vacations they do the usual check around the house and make sure the stove is off, the lights are off, and that all the doors are locked. What do you do when you have a leaky pipe and need repair work while you’re gone? A leaking pipe can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. The smallest drop can make the biggest difference.
When you get ready to leave for vacation, go ahead and check your pipes in the kitchen and bathroom to ensure there are no leaks, cracks, or rust. Inspect all the hoses that attach to your appliances like the washing machine and refrigerator. If you are going on vacation during the winter months, make sure all exposed pipes have been wrapped and are insulated- a busted pipe that has been frozen needs immediate attention. While you’re gone, ask a family member or friend to come and check on your home periodically. If no one is available to check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes.
Making sure the inside of your home is prepared while you’re gone is very important, but it is also important that the outside of your home is prepped just incase a nasty storm rolls through while you’re away. You want to make sure your gutters are cleaned out and that water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump- make sure there is no debris around it. Also test the pump by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. Also check around your windows and roof for any leaks that could cause water to get into your home if a storm came through.
Returning home from a fabulous vacation only to find out your home has standing water inside can be truly devastating. Water that has been standing for a long period of time can cause significant damage to your home and your belongings. Take the time to prepare your home before you leave for vacation so that you can enjoy your time away and have no worries.