When you head out for vacation, you probably make sure that you locked all the windows and turned off the stove. But most people don’t think about shutting off their water. You’re going on vacation to be near the water. You don’t want to return to a water-filled home.
Following the plumbing tips below will give you less to worry about while you’re away.
Why Should You Shut off the Water?
While you probably don’t have to worry about your sink leaking while you’re gone, the supply line to the dishwasher could cause pooling in the kitchen. A leak in the toilet could go on until you got home.
Your main water supply is constantly ready to deliver water to the home. Appliances that hold water or run continuously, such as a leaky toilet, will continue to be replenished. That means that they’ll keep dripping water into your home until somebody shuts off the water supply or fixes the leak. But you can’t do either of those things if you’re not around.
Waterproof Your Home: The Benefits
Shutting off the water supply ahead of time prevents leaks from cropping up while you’re gone. It’s one of the easiest ways to waterproof your home before you head out on vacation.
If water damages your home while you’re away, it could lead to costly repairs and mediation. Moisture can cause structural harm, warping floors and weakening cabinets. It also leads to mold and mildew growth.
You may want to consider draining the water heater if you plan to be away for several months. Otherwise, you could come home to 50 gallons of water on the floor if the appliance leaks. New and well-maintained water heaters may not have to be drained. However, you should inspect your hot water tank before you leave if you don’t want to drain it.
How to Shut off the Main Water Supply
Look for the shutoff valve for the main water supply in the following locations:
• The interior wall on the front of the house in the crawlspace or basement
• Inside the garage near the water heater
• In a covered box near the edge of your property line
Once you locate the valve, turn it off using your hands or a wrench. If you can’t find the valve or have trouble shutting it off, contact a local plumber for assistance. Never try to force an old or corroded valve without professional guidance.
Leaks often happen subtly and silently. You may not notice them until they’ve caused significant water damage.
The most common household water leaks happen around:
• Water softeners
• Water supply lines
• Pools and fountains
• Faucets, sinks and tubs
Prevent leaks with routine plumbing maintenance. Have a professional inspect your sump pump, water heater and pipes periodically to ensure that they’re functioning properly. They’ll look for signs of corrosion as well as other risk factors for leaks.
Performing regular maintenance, taking leak prevention measures and shutting off your water supply before your travels gives you peace of mind and reduces the chances of returning to a plumbing disaster. Contact Pacific Coast Plumbing if you need a professional to help you waterproof your home for summer vacation.