No one wants to come home from a relaxing vacation to a plumbing disaster.

Whether you live in the deep south or the far north, if you’re leaving for a period of time you may want to take a few precautions when it comes to your plumbing. The goal is to prevent any water damage that’ll happen if your pipes break, burst, or leak while your gone. First, turn off the main water valve in your home. In colder regions, the water line usually enters to the floor of the foundation.

In warmer climates, the water valve is likely just outside the house or buried in the ground inside a box with an access cover. Next, turn on the taps and drain the water, then flush your toilets. These releases water pressure from your pipes, that way if a pipe does break, there’ll be little water damage if any at all. And in the winter time, be sure to set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees, to keep your home and your pipes warm. A cold snap can happen any place, any time. Before you head out to the sun, surf, or snow, be sure your home is safe. Give us a call, we’ll be happy to help you out.

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