A plumbing problem can happen at any time. Oftentimes, these problems occur when homeowners aren’t around.
Frigid Erie Colorado winters can be hard on your plumbing. A lot of things can happen while you’re away. As such, it is important to take steps to protect your home from a plumbing disaster while on vacation. Here are 3 ways you can avoid a plumbing emergency while you’re away.
Inspect your water heater
Although water heater is an integral part of everyday life, most people don’t pay much attention to their water heaters until something goes wrong.
Before going on vacation, we recommend that you take a look at your water heater and look for rust or leaks. The presence of leaks and rust means that you water heater is compromised. Be sure to have it checked by a professional Erie plumber before you leave so as to prevent plumbing disasters.
Keep the heat on
A lot of people think that they can save money and energy by turning the heat off before leaving for vacation. But with the temperature hitting below freezing during this time of the year, a lack of heating can lead to frozen and burst pipes. When this happens, you may come home to a flooded home. Not a great way to end your vacation, right? Set the thermostat to 55 degrees before leaving town this winter.
Shut off main water supply
Be sure to turn the main water supply off before leaving the house so it won’t pump any water while you’re gone. This is especially important if you’ll be away for an extended period of time. This will be your best protection against a plumbing disaster.
Have someone check on your home
If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, it might be best to ask a family member, a friend or neighbor to check on your house from time to time to ensure that everything is in order.
In most cases, Erie homeowners just ask their designated person to bring in the mail and newspapers. But you also need to take your plumbing into consideration. Ask the person to do a quick walk through the house every time he/she visits. This is usually enough to safeguard your home against an Erie plumbing disaster.
If you want a complete assurance on your plumbing system, have a professional Erie plumber perform a routine maintenance before you leave. Please call Paradigm Plumbing for all your plumbing needs.