I Want It That Way: Put Your Plumbing in Vacation Mode
May 09, 2019
Before you pack your bags and find your way to the nearest beach or snow-capped mountain, take a minute to think about what your plumbing will do while you're gone. Will it stay in perfect working order? Will it take it upon itself to run up your water bill? Put down the suitcase and run through this list to put your plumbing in vacation mode.
1. Turn Off Your Water
Stop any potential disasters before they get a chance to start by turning off your main water valve. If a plumbing disaster occurs while you're away and your water is still on, your pipes will flood until someone intervenes. If your system doesn't require continuous water—and you don't find the idea of coming back to a water park inside your home particularly enjoyable—turn it off.
2. Open Up Your Faucets
Once you turn your water off, make sure to open your faucets to allow the remaining water to drain out.
3. Drain Your Appliances
Shut off the individual valves to your dishwasher, washing machine, etc. Allowing water to sit in these areas could create mildew, mold, and a myriad of unpleasant odors.
4. Drain Your Sprinklers
One last thing to drain! If the bout of warmer weather in New Jersey has caused you to turn on your sprinkler system, make sure to shut it off and drain it for the reasons listed above.
5. Clear Your Gutters
Remove leaves, sticks and other debris from your gutters so that they can effectively drain rainwater while you're away. Don't let a summer storm turn into a flooded foundation for your home.
6. Set Your Water Heater on Low
Avoid extra energy costs by setting your water heater to low while you're away. (Unless you have an on-demand water heater tankless, in which case, don't worry! It only runs when you need it.)
7. Call a Friend to Check-In
If you're worried about your plumbing while you're away, ask a friend or neighbor to check in in your absence. Or call an expert to make sure everything is running in tip-top shape before you head off on your vacation.
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Last Updated: June 09, 2023