The Plumbing Checklist You Need Before Going on Vacation

Going on a vacation is one of the most relaxing things someone can do. However, the last thing you want is to get home and find expensive plumbing problems going on inside your home. We have created a simple to-do list for you to complete before going on your next vacation.

Leaking faucet

Check for Leaks

One of the first things you want to do before leaving your home is checking for leaks. Do a quick, but thorough, sweep of appliances and pipes. Check for any type of water damage, dripping, or puddles. You want to find these problems now, allowing you time to get it fixed before you leave. This will save you money on your next water bill as well as a potentially more expensive fix down the road.

Turn Off All Appliances

An easy thing to do, that can also save you money, is to ensure that all your appliances are off. Go through your house and make sure that your faucets are turned all the way off. Sometimes they can be slightly on and will have a constant drip. A faucet that drips once per second can waste over 3000 gallons of water per year. Also, make sure your ice machine is off; it may not be a lot but it can save you some money.

Shut Off the Water

Illustration showing the inside of a pipe with the water shut off at valve

Turning off the water main can save you from serious potential damages while you are away. However, if you have someone scheduled to take care of your landscaping which requires you to keep the water on, then ask for a house checkup. Ask a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member to check on the house while you are away. This will allow you to rest easy knowing that your house is in good condition.

When going on vacation you shouldn’t have to worry about your home. Make sure to take care of potential problems and repairs before you depart. Small plumbing problems can transform into large ones within days. If you are having any gas or plumbing problems and need to seek professional help, don’t hesitate to give Norfolk Plumbing a call at (757) 466-0644. We also offer 24/7 assistance for those late night emergencies. 

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