Before you lock the door and jet off with your belongings, it’s important to be sure your house is prepared for your departure.

 

Taking a summer vacation provides you with a much-needed break. But if you’re not careful, your peaceful trip could end in disaster when you arrive back home. 

 

Plumbing disasters can strike when you least expect, and their consequences can be much more severe if you’re not home to remedy the issue immediately. 

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Here’s how you can prepare your plumbing for vacation:

 

1. Check for leaks: Pipes, Sinks, Toilets 

When was the last time you did a thorough check of all the pipes inside your Granbury home? You might be surprised to find that some have small leaks that are contributing to rising utility costs and minor water damage. If you do spot even the smallest leak, don’t assume it’ll be fine when you come home. Be sure to fix it immediately, or you could be trudging through water when you return. 

2. Turn Off the Water Main

Turning off the water main is the best way to prevent major water damage disasters no matter what type of leak you might have while on vacation. You likely won’t need the water while you’re away, so turning it off shouldn’t be an issue. This will not only save you money from your water running for long periods, but the damage to your home can cost thousands and take months to repair. Different homes have water mains in different places, so it’s important to know where yours is located, you can always call Justice Plumbing to have a plumber come show you where it is and to check to make sure it is in proper working order.

3. Check your Water Heater

Before you go, check up on your water heater. Many have a “vacation mode” you can utilize while you’re away. Not only will this keep your home functioning at an efficient level, it could also save you money. It can be dangerous for a water heater to continue to heat if it’s empty because of a leak. The best approach is to turn off the water heater while you are gone for an extended period.

4. Check Drains

Drains are the root of many plumbing issues. As you prepare your plumbing for vacation, be sure nothing is clogging your drains. Any leftover moisture can create odors. Besides, your drains could probably use a good cleaning anyway.

5. Have a Friend or Neighbor Check In

There’s also peace of mind in knowing you can count on someone if there’s an emergency inside your home. Even one day with water pouring out of a busted pipe is enough to cause thousands of dollars in damage. Extra precautions are necessary. Regardless, it is still a good idea to have someone you trust check on your place while you’re gone just in case.

If you’ve spotted something that needs repair before you leave, or if you’re in need of emergency plumbing, contact Justice Plumbing. Our trusted, professional plumbers are available 24/7 to assist you with plumbing issues and are trained experts in their fields. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service!