So, you’re planning to go on holiday. Whether it’s for the EOFY celebration, to get away from the dreary winter weather or simply to refresh yourself, there’s some important things you need to do before you go into vacation-mode.
The last thing you want is to have to deal with a plumbing problem in your home after coming back from your relaxing holiday. Making sure you follow this simple plumbing checklist will ensure that you can be worry and trouble-free during and after your holiday.
#1: Shut off your water supply
Depending on how long you’ll be away, you may want to consider turning off the main water valve. Doing this will make sure that no accidents happens while you’re away, because water will be restricted from entering your home.
If you do decide to turn off your main water, be sure that you drain out all the faucets in your home to get out any water that still resides in the pipes. When you get back, be sure to slowly reopen the valve – you want to avoid surging pressure in your pipes and fixtures.
#2: Check your water heater
You may want to consider turning off your water heater while on holiday. Why? Because it will save you money on your utility bills and will make sure you don’t come home to a nasty leak or water damage.
Before turning your water heater off, make sure that it is safe to do so (if your pipes are at risk of freezing, maybe leave the heater on). Check for visible signs of leaks, such as water on the floor near the heater. If you see this, give your local plumber a call to have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
#3: Inspect your sump pump
There is nothing worse than coming home from vacation to find that your house is flooded. Your sump pump is what prevents flooding in your home along with a bunch of other things. It collects ground water in a tank, which is then discharged from your home when the tank is full.
To check if the sump pump is working as it should, remove the cover and check for any build up of debris (e.g. mud, gravel). Flush out the system with either water from a hose or a bucket and listen for odd sounds. If it is working properly, it should run smoothly. Additionally, check the float, the discharge pipe and the valve.
#4: Check for tree roots
One thing that we deal with a lot is clogged drains due to tree roots. They make their way into drains seeking moisture and vitamins and eventually grow within them, preventing water flow.
Make sure that you thoroughly check your yard for tree roots that may be approaching your pipes or are already infiltrating them.
#5: Check for dampness and corrosion
Go through all your household appliances and check for any signs of dampness and corrosion. This kind of damage could cause you issues while you’re away. If you see any of these signs, call a professional to help you fix the issue before you leave for your holiday.
#6: Get someone to check on your house
If you’re away for a while, it will be beneficial to get a friend, family member or even a trustworthy neighbour to check on your house every so often. To help them out, give them a list of emergency contacts in case they encounter an issue while you’re away.
Did these tips help you out with your pre-holiday planning?