5 Helpful Home Preparation Tips Before the Vacation

summer-vacationPlanning a dream vacation or a little much-needed R & R?

While you are no doubt taking time to pack the appropriate clothing and change your voicemail and email notifications at work, you are well served to devote some time to home maintenance in advance of your departure.

1- Shut off Water Supply

The very first thing you need to do as you prepare to leave for holidays is to shut off your main water valve. You may be wondering, is shutting the water off to my house really necessary? Isn’t that a little over the top? Not at all.

If you experience a burst or leaky pipe, a surprisingly large amount of water can flood into your home in a matter of a few hours. It doesn’t take a whole lot of water to do a great deal of damage either- from soiled carpeting and soggy belongings to serious structural damage that is expensive to fix.

The key is that, should a plumbing emergency happen, you aren’t going to be there to stop the water flow at the source, so you are well-advised to take that precautionary step before you leave.

2- Clean the Garbage Disposal

You plan to take out the garbage before you leave, right? The same concept should apply to your garbage disposal. You take the garbage out because you know it will decompose while you are gone and it will be very smelly in your house when you get back.

If you’ve got residue or debris lingering in your disposal, get rid of it by cleaning it out with vinegar and baking soda. Put about a half a box of baking soda and two or three cups of white vinegar. It will fizzle together and remove any loose debris. Flush generously with hot water.

3- Disconnect the Appliances

disconnect-appliancesWhen you are on vacation, you might as well pocket some savings by unplugging your appliances. Not only is this energy efficient, but it will also help reduce the possibility of a plumbing emergency.

When doing your home maintenance, pay particular attention to your washing machine.

Make sure that there is no water pooled in the basin (a prime spot for mold and mildew to grow). Check your hoses to make sure that they aren’t cracked. Broken washing machine hoses are one of the leading causes of flooding damage to homes.

4- Tell Your Water Heater to Take a Vacation

Most newer model water heaters will give you the option to switch the heater to “VAC” mode, which drops the temperature to about 50F. There is no need to heat water while you are away, right?

If you have a programmable unit, you can schedule the heater to resume activity a few hours before you are due back.

5- Sump Pump Inspection

Sump pumps don’t last forever and sometimes aren’t used often. But you absolutely need a sump pump that functions properly if you experience flooding while you are on vacation.

Take time to make sure that your sump pump is working well and that it is free from debris. You’ll be glad you did.

Your plumbing is a big part of your life, and you may not even really notice it until it doesn’t work or until you experience a plumbing emergency in Shakopee, MN. That’s when you need reliable help in a hurry. We’re there for you when you need us. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc. at 952-445-4692 today.