Nobody likes coming back from a fun vacation to a clogged toilet, a leaky pipe, or a broken showerhead. It’s always wise to perform a thorough check of your kitchen and bathroom area to see if there is no plumbing work required.
Doing so can prevent flooding, pipe bursts, and mold and mildew growth, which give rise to unpleasant odors, allergies, and other illnesses.
So, the next time you’re about to pack your bags for a vacation, don’t forget to add the following plumbing priorities to your to-do list.
Turn Off the Water Supply
By turning off the water supply before leaving, you can prevent potential leaks, pipe bursts, or other chances of flooding. Last-minute packing often leads to people forgetting about turning off the water supply. This small little mistake can be disastrous, as water can easily enter the house through leaks or cracks in pipes and cause massive flooding, damaging furniture.
You can either cut the main supply off or just close the individual valves of the toilet, sinks, and appliances to avoid water stagnation in pipes. The puddles that form due to water leakages can also lead to mold or mildew growth. Mold and mildew growth not only causes the entire place to reek, but also leads to several allergies and illnesses. Give all the pipes a check to see if the water supply has been cut successfully, by turning on the faucets and draining the remaining water out.
Check Your Water Heater
Water heaters can leak from the top or bottom. If it’s leaking from the top, tighten the bolts that connect the cold water pipe to the tank.
If it’s leaking from the bottom, inspect the temperature and pressure valve. Clear any water puddles beneath the tank with the help of a microfiber cloth.
Turn off the power supply and double-check it before leaving. However, if you live in cold weather conditions, then it’s advisable to keep the water heater on to prevent frozen pipes.
Inspect All Fixtures
Prevent foul smells by ensuring that all the food particles that are stuck down the drain are washed away. Check your dishwasher or washing machine for any leaks. If there are any, fix them before you leave for your vacation. Keeping them dry will also prevent corrosion.
Carefully drain the water from individual faucets to make sure there is no water in them.
By taking care of these plumbing tasks, you are keeping your home free from damage.