Going on Vacation? Make Sure Your Home is Ready
Getting ready for a vacation involves more than just packing clothes and toiletries for the trip; you also have to make sure that you properly prepare your home for the time you'll be away. This includes taking care of cleaning and appliances, shutting off valves, turning off and unplugging electronics, and even reprograming heaters and thermostats.
Taking care of these pre-vacation home maintenance issues will not only keep your home safe, but it'll also save you money, conserve energy, and make sure your house is clean and livable when you return.
Get the Garbage Disposal Cleaned Out
Nobody likes the smell of rotting food—unless of course, you're an insect or a rodent, in which case such odors will be pleasant and inviting.
If you leave food in your garbage disposal while you're away on vacation, you might as well leave out a welcome mat for all manner of pests. To avoid having your home turn into an all you can eat buffet for insects while you're gone, clean out the garbage disposal before you go. You might even want to pour some vinegar down there and let it run for a few minutes because this will ensure that all the food scraps are gone, and the pipes are clean.
The Water Valve: Shut it off!
Running water in the house is something most people take for granted these days, but there's no need for the water to be on when you're away on holiday. In fact, you could be leaving your home at risk of water damage or even a flood if you don’t turn off the water.
Pipes can freeze in colder months, burst anytime, or spring leaks at any point, and if you're not around to deal with the issue immediately, this could cause some major damage. Shut off the main water valve in your house before you leave, then run all the faucets to bleed the water from the pipes so they can't freeze or leak.
Turn Your Water Heater to Vacation Mode
Similar to running water, having hot water available whenever you want it is a wonderful perk of the modern world, but there's no reason to keep a tank full of hot water in your basement when you’re out of the country, up at the cottage, or out on a road trip.
If your water heater has a VAC (vacation) mode, set it to that before you leave so it won’t have to work as hard to keep the water inside hot when you're gone. Don’t have a vacation mode? Don’t worry: just turn down the temperature or set the heater to its lowest setting.
Unplug as Many Appliances as Possible
Any appliances and electronic devices should be unplugged before you go away, because even in the Off setting they’ll still draw power, and this will draw money from your wallet.
With your fridge and freezer, turn the temperature down if you can't unplug them, but ideally you want to empty them out and unplug them before you go. With the washing machine and dishwasher, make sure you drain out all the water before pulling the plug.
Your vacation is meant to be a getaway, and the last thing you need is to worry about the safety of your house while you're gone.
To make sure you can rest, relax, and enjoy your time away, take care of these few home maintenance matters before you go, and that way when you come back, your home will be in the same perfect condition as when you left. Not only that but also these steps will also save you some money, meaning you can go away again that much sooner.
If you have any questions about these steps or want help with maintenance in Tacoma, WA, call All Purpose Plumbing today at (253) 473-5100.