Summer Water Safety Tips to Avoid Water Damages While on Vacation.
The gentle breeze, the sound of waves splashing, and the warm summer sun shining bright. This is what summer vacation is all about, but wait! Did anyone prepare for a storm to hit home while vacationing or think about a possible break in the pipes?
There are some things that we forget to plan in the excitement of vacations. Storms can produce Flash Floods and they are pretty common in Central Illinois. Did you make sure to have a plan in place to avoid water damage to your property before you left?
Most people do not think about the damages that may come when going away from home for an extended period of time. The very worst time for water damage to occur is when you’re away from home. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute has reported that the second most common insurance claim filed by homeowners is water damage to the home. This can come from ruptured washing machine hoses, water heater drips, leaky supply lines, or a busted pipe. To avoid catastrophe while you’re on vacation this summer, here are tips that will help to protect your home while you are gone.
Complete a Walk thorough Prior to Leaving
Before you depart for your summer trip, be sure to take the time to inspect your home for any leaks. Check out all of the pipes under your kitchen/bathroom sinks, examine your water heater for any cracks or rust, make sure that windows and doors are properly sealed, and look out for any signs of roof leaks. Don’t forget to also evaluate any hoses that connect to major household appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators to ensure that they are not leaking or showing signs of severe wear.
Make Sure Your Gutters and Downspouts are Clean
Clogged-up rain gutters and downspouts can result in pooling water on your roof, and this can lead to major leaks and severe water damage, if not taken seriously. Also, you should make sure that your downspouts are discharging the proper distance away from your house (a minimum of 10 feet) to prevent flooding.
Ask Someone to Check In On Your Home While you are gone
Having someone to house sit can help avoid damage. Checking on the home once a day will ensure that any leaks that do occur while you are gone will be caught and stopped before they can cause major damage.
Turn Off the Main Water Valve
This is a great option if you don't have someone you can trust to watch your house.
Shut Off Water Supply Valves
Sometimes, you might not be able to shut off your main water valve because you have an automatic sprinkler system or have asked someone to water your plants while you’re away. Even so, you can shut off the water supply to the most frequent culprits of water damage, such as toilets, ice makers, washing machines, etc. These appliances will all feature individual stops (shutoff valves) on their supply lines.
Test the Sump Pump
Homeowners with sump pump systems should test them out prior to vacation to ensure that they will keep groundwater out of the basement.
Taking the proper precautions can save you a lot of money and stress over the summer months.
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