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Flooding Inside your Home can cause Catastrophic Damage.   Take these Simple Steps to Insure Your Summer Vacation doesn’t end by coming Home to a Nightmare!

With school almost over for the year summer vacation plans are already being made.  Whether you’re going to be visiting family, going sightseeing, or planning a family getaway, there are a few things you can address to avoid the possibility of coming home to a disaster.  After all, vacation time can be stressful enough with catching planes, car troubles, long lines at amusement parks, etc.  Getting your home ready for your vacation is simple, takes very little time, and can save you money.  And who doesn’t want to save money?  Here are some summer vacation plumbing tips to make your vacation less stressful.

Turn Off Your Water

While this might seem like a small thing, most people rarely turn their water off before leaving for an extended period.  If you’re not going to have someone house-sit your home this makes more sense than you might think.  If you were gone for an extended period of time and your home’s plumbing developed a leak or a burst pipe, having the main water valve turned off would prevent your home from flooding.  Water damage is one of the most expensive catastrophes to befall a home and can be just as devastating as a fire.  The first thing you need to do is locate your main water valve.  In most Florida homes it’s located outside, below ground and covered by a grate.  Once you’ve located your main water valve and turned it off, open a faucet as far away from the main valve as possible in the house.  This will allow all excess water in the pipes to drain.  Upon your return home, turn the main water valve on very slowly to allow for minimal surging from pressure in your pipes.  If you absolutely need to leave your water on to utilize your sprinkler system, you may want to consider turning the water valves inside your home off, for toilets, sinks, refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers.  These handles are easy to find and will only take minutes to shut off.

Turn Off Your Hot Water Heater & Spa

Traditional electric hot water heaters and even gas water heaters which are more efficient, are still among the highest energy consuming appliances in your home.  If you’re going to be away for a week or more, you’ll be surprised at how turning off your hot water heater will lower your next utility bill.  Some water heaters even have a vacation setting on the temperature control valve.  This is usually made accessible with the removal of a few screws and is typically located at the bottom of the hot water heater.  Why waste money heating water that no one is going to use?  If you have a spa or hot tub, be sure to turn down the thermostat on that as well.  You will not want to turn off the water pumps as this will encourage the growth of algae.

Clear Your Garbage Disposal

This tip may save you the experience of walking in to your home and being hit with the unpleasantness of a foul odor.  We all run the garbage disposal from time to time and they are a fabulous kitchen invention.  We are all guilty as well of not running the garbage disposal long enough to clear its contents.  When we’re home on a daily basis we use the sink and eventually any food particles do get flushed away.  So, before you leave on your vacation, make sure to run the disposal long enough to insure anything and everything has been purged.  You’ll thank me for this later!

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