With spring break upon us, and summer just around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning for a little rest and relaxation time to unwind from the chaos of day to day life. Nothing can be better than relaxing by the pool, drink in hand, letting all your cares slip away.
As you head out the door for a few days away from home, your mind will naturally drift to all the things needed for the trip.
- Did I grab the tickets and passports?
- Did I include sunscreen in the suitcase?
- Did I pack the swimsuits?
You might even have a last minute mental checklist for the things you’ll need to handle for the job.
- Email the last revision to team
- Have assistant set up meeting with boss the week I return
Lets face it, life doesn’t stop just because you go on vacation; so you plan everything as best as you can to ensure all things are covered while you’re away. But there may be one thing you didn’t think about, didn’t plan for, that can have a huge impact when you return: your plumbing.
You’ve probably heard a few stories from neighbors or friends that head out for a week of fun, only to return to a basement full of water, and over a month of restoration work trying to bring their homes back to normal.
Not a way to bring the relaxing feeling home with you.
Before you head out the door for your next vacation, do a simple walk through to make sure your plumbing is safe and secure, and won’t cause you problems even while you’re away.
Check For Leaks
Very rarely do bigger problems occur without warning first. Floods are usually caused when small leaks are ignored, and they eventually build up to bigger problems. A few weeks before your vacation, take an assessment of every room in your home. Do you see water marks around faucets even when they haven’t been used in several hours? Can you feel moisture around faucet valves? Do you hear a trickle of water from the toilet even when its not in use? Do you see moisture in the basement or crawl space? All could be indications of a leak, and a reason to call in a plumber to fix the problem before you spend time away from home.
Check All Monitoring Systems
Water leaks are important to fix as soon as possible, but there are other things in your home that are equally important. Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home? Are they in good working order? Is your heating and cooling system working properly? With zero movement in your home for a few days, pressure can build if any one of these systems isn’t working properly. Make sure all monitoring devices have fresh batteries, and ask a neighbor of a family member to be available “just in case” you have a problem. This will make it easier for someone to enter your home in case of an emergency.
Pull The Plug
Instead of leaving your home fully operational while you’re away, do a few things to become more water and energy efficient, and reduce your overall risk.
- Unplug the power to any electronics and appliances that won’t be in use while you’re away.
- Turn off water mains to prevent leaks throughout your home.
- Turn down the thermostat, and reduce the water heater. The longer you’ll be away, the more this can save.