Preparing Your Plumbing for Summer Vacations


Summer vacations are a time to relax, unwind, and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. However, the last thing you want to return to after a relaxing vacation is plumbing issues in your home. Before you pack your bags and head out on your summer adventures, it's essential to take some time to prepare your plumbing for your absence. Following a few simple steps, you can ensure that your home's plumbing system remains in top condition while you're away.

1. Inspect for Leaks:

One of the first things you should do before leaving for vacation is to inspect your home for any signs of leaks. Check under sinks, around toilets, and behind appliances like washing machines and dishwashers for any visible leaks or water damage. Even small leaks can quickly escalate into major problems if left unchecked. If you notice any leaks, address them before heading out on vacation to prevent potential water damage while away.

2. Turn Off the Main Water Supply:

Before leaving for an extended period, consider turning off the main water supply to your home. This simple step can help prevent unexpected water damage in case of a burst pipe or leak while you're away. Additionally, shutting off the water supply can help conserve water and reduce your utility bills while no one is home using water appliances.

3. Set Your Water Heater to Vacation Mode:

Another important step in preparing your plumbing for summer vacations is adjusting your water heater settings. Most modern water heaters have a "vacation" setting that allows you to lower the water heater's temperature while you're away without turning it off completely. This can help save energy and money by reducing the energy used to heat water while no one is home.

4. Clean Drains and Gutters:

Before leaving for vacation, take some time to clean out drains and gutters around your home. Clogged drains and gutters can lead to backups and flooding during heavy rains or storms while you're away. Clearing out debris from these areas can help prevent potential plumbing issues when you return from vacation.

5. Ask a Neighbor or Friend to Check-In:

Lastly, consider asking a trusted neighbor or friend to check on your home periodically while on vacation. In an emergency like a burst pipe or leak, having someone stop by regularly can help catch any issues early before they escalate into major problems requiring costly repairs.

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If you're planning a vacation and want to ensure your home in Lacey, WA, remains leak-free and efficient, consider reaching out to American Plumbing Contractors. Our expert team can provide a thorough inspection and maintenance to prepare your plumbing for your absence. Don't let plumbing worries dampen your vacation spirit—contact us at (360) 317-0594 and enjoy your time away with confidence.


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