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Valuable Tips For Getting Your Home Ready For Your Vacation

When you’re away on your family vacation, the last thing you want is to worry about is the state of your home. There are lots of things that could go wrong during your absence, and some of them could have serious consequences.

summer-vacationTo help ensure you have a restful and worry-free vacation, and that you won’t return to find any unpleasant surprises, here are a few helpful home maintenance tips to get your house ready for your vacation.

Shut off the Water

Imagine how much damage would be caused in your house if vandals broke in while you’re away, dragged a garden hose inside and left it there with the water running.

If a pipe were to burst, or even just spring a leak, the results would be similar. Floors and walls would be damaged, some of your family’s precious treasures would be lost, and the structural integrity of your home might even be compromised.

The best way to prevent such a calamity from happening is to cut off the water supply to the entire home before you leave. You can do this by turning off the main water supply valve, usually found in the basement near your water meter.

Disconnect Your Appliances

A sudden spike or power surge can cause irreparable damage to some of your appliances. Although such occurrences are relatively rare, they can happen, particularly during thunderstorms. That sudden burst of electricity can fry the circuit boards in your expensive electronic devices.

There are also some sound energy conservation reasons to unplug. Appliances consume energy, even when they’re not turned on. Your TV, your microwave, your computer, and countless other electrical appliances, large and small, all constantly use some power. By disconnecting them, you’ll be reducing the amount of electricity used in your home while you’re away, which is environmentally friendly and will save you some money on your electricity bill.

Set Your Water Heater to Vacation Mode

adjust-the-thermostatThis is another home maintenance tip that will help to conserve energy and save money on your utility bills.

Most recent water heater models have a vacation mode setting (often marked as VAC). This setting brings the water temperature down to 50°F and ensures that your heater will be operating as energy efficiently as possible while you’re not there and hot water isn’t needed inside the home.

If you have an older model without a vacation mode setting, you can simply turn the thermostat down or, in the case of electric heaters, you can shut it off at the breaker panel.

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

You probably already know that you won’t want to leave any smelly garbage in the house before you leave. You also want to clean out your garbage disposal unit thoroughly for the same reason. Any food waste left inside the unit will soon start to rot, causing unpleasant odors and potentially attracting insects.

You’ll be able to leave for your vacation without any worry for your home if you follow these easy tips. And, of course, you can also call the friendly experts at Gene Johnson Plumbing & Heating in Seattle, WA  at 206.792.7495 if you would prefer to have a professional take a look.


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