Holiday Mode On! 3 Plumbing Priorities to Address Before the Holidays
Who doesn’t want a well-deserved break over the holidays? Just a few blissful weeks away from home that you can spend catching up with family and friends that you haven’t seen in a while. While you may be daydreaming about your New Year’s Eve getaway, we’re sorry to bring you back to reality.
If you don’t want to come back to a damaged property that will cost you hundreds in repairs, you should probably address your plumbing issues beforehand. Here are some plumbing checks to add to your to-do list before you go into complete holiday mode.
Check Your Water Heater
Water heaters are just a few of the appliances in your home that consume large amounts of energy. Traditional water heaters run on gas or electricity and can amp up your bill by hundreds of dollars. Before you leave, make sure your water heater has been turned off completely from the main valve. If there’s a “vacation” setting, use that, or put the temperature dial on the lowest setting. This will ensure that your water heater doesn’t cause any damage while you’re away and help you cut costs.
Shut Off Water Supply
Shutting off your water supply is imperative if you don’t want to come home to water damage. Busted pipes are a problem when you’re at home— so it’s ten times worse when you’re not. Broken and cracked pipes can cause leakage that isn’t too prominent at first but can lead to a variety of costly problems.
Shut off your water supply from the main valve, and open a faucet before you leave. This ensures that the leftover water in the pipes has been completely drained out. If you suspect pipe damage and you’ve got some time before you embark on your holiday trip—call a plumbing service, and get them to fix it ASAP.
Unclog Your Drains
Nobody wants to come back home to clogged drains and toilets. To avoid this nightmare of a problem, make sure they’ve been properly unclogged before you leave. Use a plunger for the toilet, and use a drain cleaner made of white vinegar and hot water for your drains. Insulate your pipes to ensure they don’t freeze while you’re on your trip and locate problematic pipes. Call a professional plumber over to get the issue repaired, or you’ll be coming home to no water in your pipes.
At Pro Serve Plumbing, we have decades of plumbing experience. Our team of licensed professionals in Fort Worth, TX, is prepared to help you with all your plumbing needs, from inspecting plumbing lines to sewer repairs.