Pre-Vacation Plumbing Tips

An anticipated vacation shouldn’t be interrupted with worry over your homes safety and integrity, this article will help assure your HVAC, security and your plumbing in Houston are taken care of before you leave. There is no feeling worse than being away from home and wondering if you forgot to cut something off. We will cover preparing your home, so all will be ready before you leave.

Plumbing in Houston

A water leak can result in catastrophic damage to your home. We often never consider trouble at home while we’re away, to us, but unfortunately flooded homes due to a home’s leaky plumbing in Houston while homeowners are on vacation aren’t so uncommon.

  • Prevention is as simple as shutting the water off. Shut-off valves won’t stop leaks from occurring in the main water line or supply lines leading to each shut-off valve. Shutting the water off at the meter prevents any water from traveling to your home, and therefore prevents any leaks in your plumbing in Houston.
  • Shut the hot water heater off to prevent potential water heater damage due to lack of water. Shutting the water heater off can also help to prevent a failed component from blowing out a water heater line connected to your plumbing in Houston.

Air Conditioning

  • Adjust the thermostat to a higher temperature. If your thermostat is programmable the permanent hold function will override all programmed settings. Program the thermostat to cool your home down for approximately one hour before your planned return. This will ensure your home is comfortable when you arrive.
  • If the thermostat isn’t programmable, set the thermostat to 85 degrees to save on energy use.

Miscellaneous

  • Unplug unnecessary appliances which include: televisions; computers; game systems; stereos; small kitchen appliances (don’t forget the coffee pot!); and other.
  • Turn off stoves, have an adult check behind you, if there is any doubt you will have verification as well as peace of mind.

Burglary Prevention

  • Have a friend, trusted neighbor or relative check on your home and provide them with a key.
  • Do not leave a key hidden outdoors, thieves may be watching.
  • Ask someone to pick up mail and newspapers, or ask the post office and newspaper to hold delivery until you return.
  • If you are going to be away for a week or more, arrange to have the lawn taken care of. An unkempt yard is a signal to thieves that you are not home.
  • Have at least one timer to operate a light and a radio. Anything unusual is what burglars watch for.
  • Don’t post vacation plans on social media sites.
  • Don’t change the answering machine message. Have calls forwarded to a cell phone or to a friend or relative’s house. Instruct them not to reveal you are away.
  • Let the local police know you will be out of town. Inform them the name and phone number of the person you have left with a house key, and the security system code. Let your security company know who to call as well, in the event they need to contact them for an alarm.
  • Keep drapes and shades as you normally do. If it is your habit to leave them open during the day, and close them at night, begin to change this habit well in advance of your vacation. Leaving them either closed or open as you will when you are away on vacation.
  • Don’t leave expensive items in view of windows. Move television, electronics or any other valuables out of sight from a window’s view. UV window film can prevent anyone from seeing into an open window.
  • Ensure all street lights and outdoor lighting is functional before going on vacation. Burglars are less likely to rob a well-lit home. Motion sensor lights may succeed in scaring them away.
  • Use a bar in sliding door tracks. If you haven’t already, have a pin lock installed. This secures the movable door to the stationary section, preventing the door from being lifted with a tire tool and pulled off of the track.
  • If you don’t have a security system, install individual door and window alarms on the lower floor. They work by alarming when the magnetic contact is broken. They range from $2 to $5 each depending on where you shop.
  • Lock up frequently stolen bicycles and lawn mowers before you leave.
  • Ask trusted neighbors to keep an eye on your home, and request they park in your driveway while you are on vacation. Let your neighborhood watch know when you will be away.
  • An alternative to all of the preparations is to have a responsible friend or relative to house sit. Leave them the numbers of your HVAC technician and plumber in the event of problems, such as an issue with your plumbing in Houston
  • Arrange for pets to be boarded or to stay with a relative or friend if you are not taking them with you.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s experienced, licensed plumbers provide superior plumbing services for all of your plumbing in Houston needs. Whether you need repair, maintenance or inspection, installation or emergency service, we provide prompt and reliable plumbing service. Give us a call for plumbing in Houston. We stand behind our 100% satisfaction guarantee.