Summer is officially upon us; the last school bell has run for the year and the temperatures are teetering around the triple digits. This is the time of year that we have all been waiting for. The other seasons have their benefits but, the summer months are the best.
You might think that you don’t have to worry about a broken pipe or leak because it isn’t the winter season but, plumbing malfunctions can also happen during the summer months. And, can be even more damaging because it is more typical for no one to be home when the weather is hot outside.
If you and your family are planning vacations that will have you away from home for several days this summer, make sure to follow these tips for protecting your home and your plumbing system:
- Check your sprinkler system before you leave. You should have your sprinkler system set for the weather so that it waters in the early morning time. But, it is also important to make sure that all of the sprinkler heads are working properly and none are damaged. Having a sprinkler head spraying water at the side of your home because it is broken can cause serious water damage.
- If your water heater is more than eight years old, make it number one on your list of things to do to have it professionally inspected. And, make sure to do this before you leave to go out of town. Coming home to a burst water heater tank will definitely ruin your summer plans.
- Consider turning the main water valve off before you leave. This is the valve that supplies water to your plumbing system from the City water system and, if it is turned off, then your home cannot flood in the event of a burst water heater or leaking pipe. It is an easy solution that could save you a lot of money and stress.
Family vacations and camping trips are on the agenda for the next few months and that means being away from home and out of town for extended periods of time. If you and your family will be away this summer – make sure to be thoughtful about your plumbing system.