Even the newest and best quality plumbing systems can fail, and if you’re on vacation when yours springs a leak, the consequences can be disastrous. The costs of water damage to your rugs, furniture, walls and foundation of your home can run to thousands of dollars. To avoid plumbing problems in your home while you’re away, check your system and consider turning off the mains water supply.
Start in the basement of your home and check that your sump pump is working. A sump pump is your first line of defense if you have water emergency. These pumps remove water that floods homes from plumbing leaks, but also rainwater from storms. Pour a bucket of water into the pit and check that the pump begins working automatically.
If you turn off your main water supply before you go on vacation, you’re preventing major water damage in the case of a leak. No matter what plumbing problems you have, providing the mains supply is turned off, only the water already in the system can leak out.
Sometimes the mains supply valve can be tricky to locate. Look for the water pipe that enters your house from the street, and a nut, lever, spigot or knob on that pipe. To close the valve, turn it clockwise. Turn on all your faucets to drain the water from your plumbing system.
When you can’t access your mains water supply, you can still help protect your home by checking for leaks. A small leak can turn bigger overnight. Check under sinks, around toilets, near your water heater and anywhere that pipes run through your home for signs of a leak, such as wet pipes or small pools of water. A sign of an under-floor leak could be something as small as a damp or cold patch on your flooring.
Plumbing appliances retain water inside and in their hoses even when they’re turned off. Examine your water heater for rust or cracks, and inspect the hoses leading to your dishwasher, refrigerator ice-maker and washing machine for age or damage. Replace any hoses that show signs of wear and tear.
Your vacation should be a time you can relax and enjoy yourself. By checking your home for plumbing problems before you go away, you’re giving yourself peace of mind, as well as preventing water damage.
For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.