- Posted by Mike
- On March 16, 2017
- ACE Home Services, Maintenance, Plumbing, save energy, Summer
Whether you are planning a long vacation, or just a weekend getaway, there are certain steps you can take to help prepare your home for your absence, ensuring that it will be in top condition when you return. Besides adjusting your thermostat and getting someone to water your plants, you can follow these easy steps to help prepare your plumbing system for your vacation!
If you have ever experienced a leaking pipe, then you know that the first thing you should do is turn off your water to avoid flooding and extensive damages. But what if you aren’t home to do so? The water from a leak can keep flowing and result in total catastrophe! Although the odds of this happening are fairly low, the amount of damage it can cause to your home and bank account are high. If you are planning a long vacation, we suggest buying temporary insurance while you are away, giving you something to lean back on if you experience any unexpected issues with your plumbing system.
Another option is simply turning off the main water supply that feeds into your home. This valve is normally located next to the water meter, and may require a wrench to shut off. If you are unsure where this valve is located, you can contact one of ACE’s plumbers to help you locate it. Even if you aren’t leaving on vacation, it is important to know where this valve is for future reference or in case of emergencies.
How To Prepare Your Lawn
If you have a garden, flowers, or lawn that depends on a regular watering schedule, you do not want to turn off the main water supply to your household. That action will cut all the water flow and potentially kill your plants. Instead, use different shutoff valves that can help lower your risk of flooding, but still enable water to reach your lawn. If you are unsure of which valves to use, contact ACE and we will get you squared away!
How to Save Energy AND Water
One huge bonus about leaving your home for a vacation is that you will significantly decrease your energy use. From appliances, lights, fans, electronics, and air conditioning, your electric bill is sure to see a decrease. Your water usage also decreases, since you won’t be using sinks, dishwashers, showers, or bathtubs.
Despite these automatic savings, there are a few more steps you can take to save even more during vacation!
- Turn off any automatic ice makers to save extra water
- Turn off and/or unplug any electronics
- Turn off any water softening systems to save energy and materials
- Turn off your hot water heater by shutting off the main breaker switch to save big on energy and water
If you need help with any of these steps, or would like to speak with a professional plumber, call ACE Home Services today! We are available to help you tackle any plumbing task, no matter how big or small, so you can focus on your vacation and relax while away from home.