There’s nothing worse than coming back from vacation to a flooded home or other emergency. While you’re away, prevent unpleasant surprises by prepping your appliances and major systems. Doing a few simple things to your plumbing and sewage systems can keep your home safe from water main breaks and pipe leaks over the holiday and also save you money in wasted energy costs. Here are three steps to take before you embark on your winter vacation away from your home in Chula Vista.
- Turn Off the Water
With no one home, there’s no reason to leave your water on while you’re gone. Leaving it on won’t hurt unless a problem arises with your plumbing. If something does happen, however, you could face major emergencies like flooding from a broken water pipe. Shut off your main water valve before you leave. Call your plumber if you don’t know how to do this. You may also want to shut off individual valves to sinks and appliances for extra protection.
- Drain Your Sprinklers
In California, water conservation is critical. One way to save water (and utility costs) while you’re gone is to drain your sprinkler system. Unless you want to water your lawn while you’re gone, shut off your sprinkler system completely or at least drain the water that’s in the system. This can prevent small leaks or drips from racking up a serious water bill.
- Winterize Your Home
While the winter climate in Chula Vista stays relatively mild, it’s wise to winterize your home in a few small ways before taking an extended vacation. Make sure your gutters are clean and ready to handle any rainstorms. Hire a plumber to check for issues such as tree roots infiltrating your system. Fix these issues before you leave to avoid major disasters. Adjust your water heater to the lowest possible setting to save energy while you’re gone. When in doubt, ask a trusted friend to check on your home while you’re away.