You’re all packed and ready to go on a two-week-long vacation with your family. Before you head out the door, there are some things you should do in order to avoid a plumbing nightmare when you return.

Tips to Avoid a Vacation Plumbing NightmareThe last thing you want to do is come home to a flooded basement or a broken water heater! This is why it makes sense to take the time to check the plumbing systems and pipes beforehand.

The following tips should help to protect your house while you’re away so that you won’t have to deal with a mess when you get back from your vacation:

  • Perform the inspections in your home a week or two before your vacation. This way, you can get any potential problems taken care of before you leave.
  • Be sure to leave the temperature set to higher than 56 degrees in the laundry room to prevent pipes from freezing. Check all hoses to make sure they are in good condition and be sure to shut off the water supply to the washing machine.
  • Check the water heater for rust and leaks. Also look for water on the floor near the water heater. You can also shut off the water heater to save energy costs while you are away.
  • Consider turning off the main shut-off valve. This will turn off the water supply to all devices. Only do this if no one will be entering your home while you are away.
  • Shut off the water to the toilet. This will lessen the amount of water that is released if the system should fail while you are on vacation.
  • Add drain-maintenance product to your drains. This helps to keep them moist and prevent any odor from building up while you are away.

Take the time to inspect your plumbing before you leave for vacation, and you will come home to a dry, safe house!