Leaving your home Unattended?
Whether your leaving for vacation or in our area a lovely snowbird, there are some steps to follow to help prevent water damage while your home is unattended.
Some of the major causes of water damage are busted pipes, leaky water heaters, freezing pipes, and appliance leaks. So, check the following five things before leaving.
1.Shut off the water supply to the washing machine, toilets, sinks, and ice makers.
- In colder climates do not leave your thermostat below 55 degrees.
- Check your basement/crawlspace to make sure your sump pump is working correctly, and that you do not have any leaking pipes.
- Shut off your gas supply and set your water heater temperature to vacation setting. New water heaters have a temperature dial called “VAC” for vacation setting. This will drop the temperature down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the most efficient mode to conserve energy while the heater is sitting idle.
- Make sure that all your doors and windows have been secured shut to keep put any natural cause like wind and rain.
Even though you have completed the check list water works mysterious ways. If you are leaving for a long period of time, make sure you have someone you trust check on your home for you while your away.