As the December holiday season approaches, you may be thinking about leaving your home for a few days in search of some well-earned family fun! If you are going to be heading out of town for a while over this festive season, be sure to check your plumbing before you leave.
Nothing will stress you out more than having to manage a plumbing disaster while away, and stress is exactly what you’re trying to get away from by going on holiday! To ensure your peace of mind while on your trip, put into action the following tips.
Rule Out Any Leaks
Check every water outlet inside and outside your home for warning signs that your plumbing system could spring a leak or already be leaking. Moisture that has gathered near taps, washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, toilets or baths may leave tell-tale signs of mould, swelling or visible damp patches. Give your water heater a look as well to rule out any harmful damage a broken geyser could cause to your home whilst you are on holiday.
Outdoor irrigation systems and plumbing pipes are also prone to leaking, so be sure to check that there are no pools of water or patches of extra green grass on your lawn. If you find a leak, have it fixed before you leave to avoid causing major water damage to your home while away.
Give Your Drains A Check Up
As we’ve seen over the last few years, when you are away on holiday over the summer there can be some severe weather that may affect your home. A thunderstorm or heavy rain may leave expensive water damage in its wake. Give your outside drains and gutters a check, and remove any leaves or other debris you find in these areas. Clogged gutters will be ineffective at directing excess water away from your roof and ceiling, which will most likely result in moisture finding its way into your home.
Turn Off The Water
Once you have made sure that there are no existing leaks around your home and no signs of a potential leak, you can prepare for your trip without worrying about your plumbing.
The day that you depart, turn off your home’s water supply at the main water valve. We recommend this to every homeowner going on holiday because a pipe may unexpectedly burst or a leak may have slipped past your notice when you checked the property.
By turning off your home’s main water supply, you’ll rule out the possibility of extensive and expensive water damage to your home, as well as a frightening water bill upon your return.
To ensure that your home’s plumbing is in tip-top shape before you enjoy your holiday, consider having the professionals audit your property for leaks. Let us take care of your plumbing concerns so that you can enjoy the festive season! Contact us today for all of your plumbing needs in the North Shore or in the Northern Beaches area.