Are you traveling this holiday season? Among the hustle and bustle of getting out the door, remember to prepare your plumbing before you leave.
Preparing your plumbing before leaving for a vacation this summer will save you money. It will also save you from coming home to severe water damage. Follow these quick tips to prep your home this year.
Shut off Your Water Before Leaving for Vacation
Leaving your water on while you’re away is practically asking for water damage. Avoid coming home to a flooded home, shut-off the main water valve for some peace of mind while you’re away. If the main water is turned off, then you won’t have any leaking faucets to rack up a huge water bill while you’re away either.
Remember to shut off the individual valves to large appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine, and icemaker.
Turn off the Water Heater
Your water heater can be another sore spot for water damage or water bills while you’re away. Turn the water heater off completely to avoid any mishaps during longer vacations. For shorter vacations, you can turn the water heater down to the lowest setting possible to keep your energy bill low without the hassle of turning it off completely.
Drain the Sprinkler System
Your next step is to turn the water off and drain your hoses and sprinkler system. A leaking sprinkler or hose could cause huge water bills while you aren’t home. Unhook the hoses from the spouts and ensure the water is turned off to the home before leaving.
Inspect Gutters and Outdoor Drains
Gutters are designed to protect your home from water damage during rainstorms. An improperly maintained gutter or clogged gutter can cause rainwater to build-up leading to roof damage or leaks. Remove debris like leaves, sticks, and trash from your gutters to protect your roof from summer rainstorms while you’re away. Double-check that your gutters drain far enough away from your home to prevent flooding in your basement or crawlspace too.
Turning off the main water to your home may seem a little confusing. If you are unsure, you should contact a plumber for help. Otherwise, follow these steps to ensure you complete the process.
Locate Your Main Shutoff Valve
The easiest way to shut off the water in your home is through the main shut-off valve. It is generally near the water meter in most homes, or in the basement. Some homes may even be located outside or underground. If you’re unsure, call a plumber to help you locate your main water valve.
Turning Off the Water
After you have located the main shut-off valve, you’ll need to figure out the right knob to use. Your main water valve is usually a simple hand-crank knob or handle on a large pipe in the basement. Turn the valve to the off position, it should be easy. If it is too hard or stuck, you may have a large underlying problem. Consult a plumber.
After turning the water valve off, you’ll need to drain the remaining water from the pipes. Open a faucet on the opposite side of the house. Leave the faucet open to ensure the pipes are completely empty, and to remind yourself the water is off when you return.
Turning the Water Back On
When you return, remember to turn the valve slowly to minimize a surge or water pressure that could burst your pipes. If you are concerned about a plumbing problem, call a plumber from First Class to help.
Get Professional Plumbing Help
If you need help locating your water valve, or for other plumbing emergencies, call First Class HVAC. We employ expert plumbers in Millsboro, DE and all other Sussex County, Delaware. Call today to schedule your appointment today 302-732-3555.