Summer means fun, free time, and vacation for many Floridians. But going on vacation also means there’s a load of things to stay caught up on, especially if you’re a homeowner.
Between the frenzied last-minute packing, loading up the car, and checking for anything left behind, make sure you also ensure that your home is prepared in case any plumbing issues arise while you’re gone.
Here’s a quick guide to ensuring that you can avoid plumbing emergencies while you’re out of town, and if you do have any issues arise at your home located in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and nearby communities, Curtis Plumbing is ready to help.
Check for Leaks & Other Issues in Your Pipes
Before you head out of town, make sure there aren’t any visible leaks in your pipes or faucets. No one wants to come home to find a pipe has burst and flooded their home. Another place you will want to check is the hoses on your washing machine. These can crack or get mineral deposits on them.
Leaks can also be stopped by turning off the main water valve to your home before you leave.
Examine Your Water Heater & Its Temperature
Many water heaters have a low use or vacation setting that you can turn on before leaving. This will cut down on energy used. Also look at the water connections to see if there are any signs of rust, which can indicate leakage. If you spot any water on the floor, then call Curtis Plumbing to come quickly take care of that issue.
Clean Sink Drains, Appliances Before Leaving on Vacation
Coming home to an unexplained odor isn’t fun. You can mitigate that issue by cleaning your sink drains with a bit of vinegar and water before leaving. This will help to get rid of any built-up food or debris in your sink drains.
Additionally, make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are emptied out before leaving. If wet items are left to sit they can mildew and even grow mold in some cases.
Give a Trusted Friend or Neighbor Access to Your Home While You’re Away
To give yourself some extra peace of mind, you can also give a neighbor or friend a key so that someone has access to your home while you’re away. That way, you know there will be someone checking up on your home who can call Curtis Plumbing if they do spy an emergency issue. Make sure it’s a trusted individual who can know when you’re out of town and will keep your house safe from potential threats.
Do you need help checking out your home for plumbing issues before leaving on vacation?
Don’t let your minor plumbing issue turn into a major emergency while you’re away enjoying yourself. Give us a call today at (813) 672-4111 to check for any plumbing issues before you leave on your vacation! We can check for leaky pipes, water heater issues, and many other potential problems that can arise while you’re gone. We service properties located in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and other surrounding Tampa Bay communities.