Water damage is one of the most significant challenges homeowners face, and it can result from pipe leaks or faulty connections due to a lack of maintenance, even when homeowners are on vacation. Water damage can be disastrous, but here are some tips to avoid it.
Run appliances only when you are at home and awake to avoid the risk of failure.
Install leak detection sensors to get early warnings of potential water problems, and alerts can be sent to your smartphone.
Install automatic shut-off capabilities, which can shut down water flow when a leak is detected.
Know where your main water shut-off is located, as well as where the individual supply shut-offs are for appliances and fixtures, to isolate a leak when it occurs and minimize the damage.
Maintain the heat at 55°F or higher in your home if you’re away in the winter, to avoid pipes in exterior walls from freezing, and causing water damage when they thaw.
Consider shutting off the main water valve if you’ll be away from your property for a long time.
Maintain appliances and fixtures, replacing supply lines and valves regularly.
Conduct regular visual inspections, and call a professional immediately if you notice a leak or signs of a leak.
Be careful with DIY repairs and follow the instructions carefully. If you’re not comfortable with a task you can always call us and we’d be happy to help!
If you’re planning an extended vacation, We recommend that you take some precautions to prevent water damage, such as shutting off your main water valve or individual appliance valves, setting the thermostat properly, installing smart leak detection sensors, testing your sump pump before leaving, and checking for any plumbing issues before leaving.
Finally, remember that plumbing issues don’t just damage your home; they can also cause mold growth, which can be hazardous to your health. So, take these tips seriously to protect your home and health.