Whether you’re planning a big summer vacation or weekend getaway, getting your home ready is just as important as packing your bags and fueling up the car. While you’ve probably already made plans to have a neighbor take in your mail and check on your house, you might not have thought about one vital system that needs some preparation – your home’s plumbing.
Disaster tends to strike at the worst possible time, and they won’t wait until you’re home from your time away. To avoid major plumbing woes while you’re away, keep these simple tips in mind.
Preparing Your Home’s Plumbing System Before Going on Vacation
One of the biggest plumbing concerns while you’re away is leaks. If you notice a leak while you’re home, you can turn the water off right away to minimize the damage.
But what if you aren’t home? If a pipe springs a leak while you’re away, the water will just keep running. That’s a mess that no one wants to come home to!
While a major leak is unlikely in a well-maintained home, the possibility is always there, and preventing it is simple. If you’re going to be away for any length of time, just turn off the main water supply to your home. The main shutoff valve is usually located near the water meter.
If you have an irrigation system, keep in mind that turning off the main will turn it off as well. To keep it running while you’re away while minimizing your risk of flooding, you’ll want to leave the main turned on but turn off other valves inside your home.
Not sure where your shutoff valves are or how to turn off your water? You may want to consult with your Phoenix plumber to learn more.
Conserving Water While You’re Away
When you aren’t home, you obviously won’t be showering or using your dishwasher or washing machine. But there are other ways to conserve water while you’re gone. Turn off your ice maker while you’re away, and if you don’t absolutely need your irrigation system, turn it off as well.
You can also turn off your water heater while you’re away to conserve energy. Since no one will be home to take showers, there’s no need to keep your water hot.
Help from Your Trusted Phoenix Plumber
A summer vacation should be a chance to relax and not worry about anything. If you need help ensuring your home’s plumbing system is in good working order before you leave, we can help. From installing shutoff valves and showing you how to turn off your water to advanced leak detection services, we do it all. When you need help from a trusted Phoenix plumber, contact Plumbing Masters by calling 602-296-1127. We can help you get your plumbing ready before you leave for vacation and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you won’t come home to a major plumbing catastrophe.