Preparing Your Plumbing for Summer Vacation
Your summer vacation was terrific! Everyone got along; the scenery was amazing; you spent less than expected; you are refreshed and relaxed. Then you open the door to your house. Disaster! While you were gone, something sprung a leak and, water has been pouring into your house for days. The carpets are soaked, the floor is warped, mould has started to form, and your bill is sky high.
All of this could have been prevented by preparing the plumbing for your absence. Here are five simple tips that could save you time, money, and untold grief:
- If possible, turn off your water where the main enters your house.
- Check for any leaks or drips — or better yet, have a professional visit to identify potential problems you might have missed.
- Pour water down drains and if possible, put in stoppers. This will help to keep water traps from drying out and allowing sewer gas to come into your house.
- Unhook all hoses and check outside faucets for drips. If you notice leaks or drips, have them fixed before you leave.
- Clean your garbage disposal, using hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. For a fresh scent, you can finish by running a lemon peel through the garburator. Clean the rubber ring and safety flaps that guard the entrance to the disposal with dish soap that removes grease.
One running toilet left alone for two weeks could be a blow to a budget. A leak in the waterline to your ice maker could lead to thousands of dollars of water damage. So many things could go wrong, but with a plan, disaster can be prevented.
A little effort before you leave can pay huge dividends when you come home to a fresh, dry house. If you have any problems preparing your plumbing before vacation, please call Abbey Plumbing and Mechanical at (905) 822-0521. We want to help you have peace of mind so you can enjoy your vacation.