Preparing your home for vacation to prevent disasters
Last week we received two emergency water loss calls back to back from customers just returning from their Spring Break 2019 vacations. One was caused from a faulty toilet water supply line, the other from a ruptured water heater. We were quick to respond to both jobs and were able to begin the process of drying and cleaning up these homes to prepare for the restoration process. We are well on our way to returning these homes “Like it never even happened.” However, we know that these families would have preferred these disasters never happened in the first place. So we’ve come up with a checklist to help other families do all they can to prevent such disasters.
To avoid the possibility of a fire or water disaster while you’re on vacation:
- Unplug all small appliances and electronic devices. Except those you use to monitor your home such as security lighting timers.
- Never run your clothes dryer when you’re not at home.
- Put the water heater in “vacation” mode.
- Turn OFF water valves to the
- washing machine (FYI washing machine water supply hoses need to be replaced every 7 years).
- Set your thermostat to a temperature closer to outside temps (warmer in the summer, cooler in the winter) but which still protects your plants, pets and furniture. We recommend 82° in the warmer months and 60° in the cooler months.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
- Leave your emergency contact information with a neighbor.
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