Plumbing Prep Tips Before Summer Travels

Make sure your travel plans include time for plumbing prep.

If you have summer travel planned, make sure your home is ready for it—especially if you're going to be away for a week or longer. We often overlook plumbing related items that could cause you problems when gone.

  • Check your water-using appliances for loose or cracked hoses, leaks or other malfunctions.

  • Turn your water heater down to its low, pilot or vacation setting. No need to waste energy heating water that won't be used!

  • Empty the dishwasher and washing machine, and leave them open to air. While you're at it, make sure your garbage disposal and plumbing traps are clean. That way, you won't be coming home to musty, unpleasant odors.

  • Make sure all indoor and outdoor taps are completely off.

  • If your irrigation system is on a schedule, make sure it will run as desired while you're away.

  • If you’ll be away for an extended amount of time, consider turning off your water main and hot water heater and draining your pipes and tank.

  • Arrange to have a trusted friend or neighbor check in on your house and make sure everything is ok. Even an absence of a couple of days could lead to a big and costly mess if a leak goes undetected.

If you notice problems or have questions, give us a call. Contact Richie’s Plumbing today for all of your plumbing needs.

Call 504-241-1556