Preparing Your Plumbing for Summer Vacation

When preparing your plumbing for a vacation, it’s important to ensure that you avoid any potential issues such as leaks, flooding, or other plumbing-related problems while you’re away. Here are some tips to help you get your plumbing prepared for your vacation.

Turn Off the Main Water Supply

Turn Off the Water Heater

  • Why: This prevents unnecessary heating and potential damage to the heater.
  • How: Switch off the water heater at the breaker panel or turn the thermostat to the “vacation” setting if it has one.

Check for Leaks

  • Why: Identifying and fixing leaks before you leave prevents water damage.
  • How: Inspect all visible pipes, faucets, and connections for leaks. Repair any issues or call Mac Plumbing Heating & Air.

Clean and Maintain Drains

  • Why: To prevent clogs and unpleasant odors.
  • How: Clean sink and shower drains, and consider using a drain cleaner to clear any blockages.

Empty the Dishwasher and Washing Machine

  • Why: To prevent mold and mildew.
  • How: Run an empty cycle to clean out the machines, then leave the doors open to air dry.

Check Outdoor Plumbing

  • Why: Outdoor leaks can cause significant water loss and damage.
  • How: Inspect hoses, sprinklers, and outdoor faucets. Disconnect hoses and store them indoors.

Leave a Key with a Neighbor

  • Why: Allows someone to check on your home and address any emergencies.
  • How: Give a trusted neighbor or friend a key and ask them to check your home periodically.

Test Sump Pump

  • Why: Ensures it’s functioning in case of heavy rain or flooding.
  • How: Pour water into the sump pit to see if the pump activates and drains the water properly.

By following these steps, you can minimize the risk of plumbing issues and enjoy your vacation without worrying about your home’s plumbing system.

It’s a good idea to have a plumber inspect your pipes a few weeks before you leave for an extended period. If any problems are found, you can have them repaired now before they cause further harm.

For help getting your plumbing ready before you leave on summer vacation, please contact Mac Plumbing, Heating & Air or call us at (931) 552-5555.