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Pre-Vacation Plumbing Tips: 5 Questions to Ponder

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Are you planning to take a vacation soon? If so, you'll want to make preparations for your home in your absence. An important aspect not to overlook is your home's plumbing. For starters, decide whether you'll shut off the main water supply, or what else you might do to prevent pipes from becoming dry or cracked while they’re not in use.

Answering the following questions may help you prepare for a worry-free vacation.

1. Have Household Leaks Been Repaired?

Even a small leak may escalate into something serious if left unattended over a period of time. Without anyone around to monitor the plumbing, a household leak may cause damage to your home. If necessary, contact a plumber to have any leaks repaired.

To be safe, you might want to consider shutting off the water supply entirely while you're away. Of course, if you have a sprinkler system or a swimming pool pump that requires plumbing, then turning off the water may not be a suitable option. In such a case, simply turn off the water supply to any appliances that might be prone to leakage. If you don’t know how to do this, then ask your plumber for advice.

2. Were Water Filtration Filters Inspected and Cleaned?

It is always a good idea to clean or change the filters from your water filtration system if it will not be in use for a while. Before leaving for your vacation, have your plumber inspect the filters. He or she may need to replace them if they have become torn or extremely grimy. Without doing so, you may return home to find a malfunction.

Also, ask your plumber to install a sediment cartridge before you leave for your vacation. A cartridge helps to filter out sediment like rust and sand, which could accumulate in the system when it isn’t being used. In addition, ask a professional plumber which filter is best, such as a surface filter or a depth filter.

3. Are the Rain Gutters Clear of Debris?

Your home needs to be prepared for any rainfall that may occur during your absence. Don't neglect the important aspect of inspecting your gutters. If the gutters are clogged with debris, then the foundation of your home could become damaged from flooding rainwater. Also, be sure the downspouts are leading away from the house.

If you're unable to inspect and clear out the gutters yourself, then enlist help from a friend or from a professional.

4. Have the Dishwasher and Washing Machine Been Drained? 

You should not leave any water or moisture inside your washing machine or dishwasher while you're away. Water left inside may lead to mold and mildew. If your washer will not drain properly, then have it repaired before you go away. Your professional plumber might also drain your hot water heater for you before you leave on an extended vacation.

5. Are There Any Tree Roots Near the Sewer Lines? 

If you've noticed an issue creeping up, but you have put off dealing with them for a while, then now is the time to take care of these issues.

Don't allow tree root invasion to infiltrate sewer lines, or you could return home from your vacation to a major problem. Calling in a professional may resolve the issue, as pipes may need to be relined or replaced. Tree roots may need to be destroyed or bored out of the sewer line.

In addition to the tips mentioned above, you might want to take it one step further. Before your vacation, contact your plumber and request an in-home plumbing inspection. Allow yourself ample time to have any plumbing issues resolved before you leave.