You are getting ready to go on the vacation that you and your family have been waiting on for months and everyone is full of anticipation and excitement. Just as you are getting ready to pack the car, one of your friends has come over and was telling you all about his last vacation. He mentions that he and the wife and the kids had the best trip to Yellowstone and they saw all sorts of wildlife, and they slept under the stars, and then they came home to find that their pipes had burst and their house flooded. Now suddenly, you begin to go through all sorts of horrific scenarios about what might happen if you go away. So, let us help you relieve some of your fears and give you a list of things that can allow you to go away and not be worried about water damage while you are gone and enjoying your vacation.
Just Shut the Water Off
If you are looking for an easy solution to not to spend the entire vacation having to worry, here is a super simple answer for you, turn off the water main. This way all of the water that would come into the house via the pipes will be shut off, and there will be no possibility of them either bursting or failing while you are away. Once you have turned off the water main, you will want to double check your house and make sure that entirely no water is running through your pipes. There may be a small bit of water that comes out at first, but they should quickly run dry.
Shutting Off Part of the Water Coming into Your Home
Perhaps before you made plans to take your vacation, you decided to have your neighbor, or a friend come over to water your plants and collect your mail for you. You may want to consider shutting off the water to some of the parts of your house. You can leave the water on in the bathroom on the main floor of your home for your house sitter to use. But make sure you turn the water off to all the other toilets in the house. You will find a little valve behind your commode that is close to the floor that can very quickly be turned off and will make sure that no water will flow into it. Also, make sure to shut off the water going to other appliances such as your dishwasher and sinks throughout your home. Don’t forget to shut off the water to your washing machine and any other devices in your home that utilize a water line that will not be used by your house sitter.
Take a Final Tour of Your Home
Lastly, before you leave, do a final walkthrough of your home. Check each toilet, sink, and exposed water line within your house. By doing this, you will be able to see if there are any leaks before you leave for your trip. It is much better to find the leaks before you leave, then to come back and find a home full of water. By taking the time to make a walkthrough of your home and check for all of the possibilities of what could happen, you will allow yourself the peace of mind to enjoy your vacation. And come home to a house that has not suffered any water damage.
NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services
If you live anywhere within Palm Beach County and you have any fears about the possibility of water damage within your home, please feel free to call us and allow us to ease your concerns and enable you to have a wonderful vacation with your family. Call us at (561) 445-8483, and as always we look forward to hearing from you!