Are you planning on going on a vacation this summer? If you are, then you must be very excited. After all, this summer vacation is your only break from the tedium of everyday life every year. However, no matter how exciting the trip will be, don’t too be excited to let slip from your mind the safety and security of your home while you’re away. Believe us, any stress you shed while on vacation will come back magnified when you return from your vacation to a home that’s been flooded, burgled or damaged in any way, shape or form, all because you failed to take certain precautions before leaving.
For a worry-free summer vacation, here are some things you need to do before taking off.
Take care of the plumbing
One of the worse things that could happen to your home is water damage, as it can be very costly to fix it. To make sure no flooding ever takes place inside your home while you’re away, the best thing you can do is to find the main water shutoff valve and turn it off. With the main water shutoff valve off, your will be less likely to be flooded.
In case you have a sprinkler system that needs constantly flowing water, the next best thing you can do is to turn off water supplies to every faucet, fixture and appliance, including the washing machine, the dishwasher and the water heater. If you have a storage hot water system, better check the tank for any sign of damage from corrosion or rust, which could lead to leaks and flooding. If the tank appears to be compromised in any way, call a professional immediately to fix the problem before going on your richly deserved holiday. The power supply to the water heater should also be turned off.
Unplug all appliances
Normally, it’s ok to do this just for smaller appliances like your flat iron, toaster, microwave oven, computer equipment and stove. However, if you’ll be away for an extended period of time and you want to be doubly sure that there would be no chance of short circuiting in case of power fluctuations, we recommend unplugging everything, including home entertainment systems, refrigerators and freezers. If you’re going to unplug the latter two, it’s best that you empty both of perishable stuff so that no foodstuff will ever go to waste.
Secure your home
Let’s face it: crooks are everywhere, which, as far as you’re concerned is just fine as long as they’re not in your property, especially when you’re on vacation. So if your home is equipped with an alarm system, don’t forget to arm it. Lock all doors and windows, and never let people other than neighbours, family and friends you truly trust know you’re going on vacation. If possible, have any of those trusted people keep an eye on your home not just for intruders, but for emergency situations in your home that might pop up as well.
Do all these things, and you will have some peace of mind while skiing down a mountain or visiting exotic places around the world.