After a rewarding and euphoric blast-off during your vacation, one of the worst-case-scenarios is to be welcomed with stress-inducing plumbing issues. Prevent from getting your spirits deflated and your budget busted by following these simple yet preventive steps to do before you set off to your breathing space away from home:
Most home insurance policies require this so better do so. Show them where they can locate the main water shut off valve and be certain that they have your necessary contact details. Most importantly, brief them on what to do in case of plumbing emergencies. One quick browse over your home from time to time can prevent potential issues while you are away.
Ensure that the main water valve in your household is shut off. Pipe cracks and leaks can occur while you are away so this is the best way to avoid disastrous flooding issues. If the main valve is shut off, all the flow of water is stopped in your household and no water will be wasted. Hence, you will be spared from straining your finances with higher water bills. If you are unable to shut off your main valve, simply shut off the individual valves behind the toilets, under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, and even in your home appliances. If you need to water a garden with your sprinkling system, make sure it is set up on a timer. However, make sure a trusted neighbour knows how to operate the system in case there will be watering bans. Additionally, ensure that your water system is not accessible to someone else who will take advantage.
Conserve your water use and minimize your energy costs by turning off your water heaters. Ensure that the power is switched off to avoid the risks of fire. Soon after, close the shut off valve and drain your heater by using the hose attached to the unit.
Whenever the drains in the kitchen, shower room or bathroom are not used for quite some time, an unpleasant smell is produced as a result of bacteria build-up. It is recommended to add some drain maintenance product to prevent such annoyance. Make sure the product you chose does not only eliminate bacteria and keeps odours away, but is also environmentally friendly. You can also use home alternatives such as baking soda, hot water, vinegar and maybe some minimal bleach.
Make sure to inspect your sump pumps if they are in a good condition to avoid flooding possibilities. Do this by disposing pouring a bucket of water into the sump hole. The sump pump functions properly if it turns on and starts to reduce the water level as soon as possible.
If ever you have old or worn-looking units, consider having it replaced by a professional plumber before you set off.
Assess your toilet if it has discoloration, cracks, leaks, or wetness around the base of the bowl. Turn off its shutoff valve so as to lessen the wasted water in case leaks occur.
Typically, the washing machine hoses need to be changed every 3 years. If they get too old and worn, there could be calcium build-up, cracks and bursts that will develop. Make certain that your hoses are free from damages. Otherwise, make necessary repairs and or replacements.