There is nothing worse than having a vacation ruined by a crisis back home. Though most of the time, crises cannot be prevented. However, before locking up your house to take your well-earned vacation there are some things you can do to help prevent water damage. Here is a helpful checklist to protect your home while you are away:
Clean Your Gutters And Downspouts
Clearing out your gutters and downspouts ensures that any rainwater is being properly directed away from your home. Before you go, make sure to have your gutters and downspouts cleared out. Also, test the location of your downspouts to make sure any water is flowing away from your home.
Check Your Supply Lines
Check all the water supply lines around your home and on your appliances. Many of these supply lines are made of plastic that can wear down over time. If you see any damaged supply lines replace them before leaving. The best idea is to invest in stainless steel supply lines that are much sturdier than the plastic kind.
Test Your Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump system, before leaving check to make sure it’s working. Sump pumps can help protect your home against some pretty severe flooding. It will also help keep any groundwater out of your basement.
Check For Leaks Around Your Home
Do a thorough inspection of your home for any leaks. Look along with your ceiling, check your plumbing lines, and around your appliances. Small leaks can lead to larger water damage if not taken care of immediately. So if you find any leaks or small pools of water around your home, call a plumber or roofer to fix the damage before leaving.
Turn Off The Main Water Valve
Your main water valve supplies water to your home. If you turn this off while you are on vacation, you can help prevent any internal leaks. If you’ve never turned your main water valve off, simply test it by turning on a faucet right before you leave.
Have Someone Watch Your Home
Having someone you trust to check in on your home frequently is a major way to avoid serious damage. A housesitter can look around and make sure there aren’t any small leaks that can turn into major floods. If you don’t have anyone you can call, consider getting a surveillance system with remote monitoring. That way you can check in on your home while you are on vacation.
These tips will help reduce your risk of water damage while you are on vacation. However, sometimes water damage is completely unavoidable because of weather or other factors. In those cases, don’t worry. Rainbow International of Central Oregon has you covered. We’ll assess the damage, fix the root cause, and clean up your home, restoring it to like-new condition. If your home ever floods, give us a call and we’ll be there to help anytime.