Published on August 28, 2017

Plumbing Tips Before You Leave for Vacation

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Summertime is the best time to go on a vacation and leave all your worries behind. Before you leave for your vacation there are a few things you should do around your home to make sure that no water damage occurs while you’re away. Shutting off your main water valve and your hot water can help prevent any damage from occurring while you are away.

Here are some tips to add to your to-do list before you take off for vacation.

Hot water heater

It’s great to know how to turn off your hot water heater and this is something every homeowner should learn how to do. Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, your heater could be potentially consuming the most energy in your home.

To shut off your heater you can shut off the main water heater valve or you can shut off the circuit panel. Some of the newer water heaters have the option for a ‘vacation mode’ setting while you are away from your home. Another option is turning the temperature to the lowest setting possible. After being gone for a week or two you will notice a significant lower utility bill because of this.

If you’re looking forward to a hot shower after getting back from vacation, you’re going to have to wait a short bit for the hot water heater to warm up a full tank of water after it’s been turned back on.

Water valve

Shutting off your water when you’re absent for a period of time helps prevent a messy occurrence from happening to your property. This can prevent all sorts of plumbing related damage from happening to your home.

Find the main water valve in your home. Each home is designed differently. The main water valve is often located outside of your home. Sometimes it’s located underground and it is covered with a grate. You may use a tool, also known as a valve key, to reach inside and turn off the water.

If you’re having trouble finding where the main water valve is in your home give your local plumber in Melbourne, Florida a call and we will be happy to assist you. We can make sure your water source is working properly when we arrive. You can always call Sun Plumbing if you need help preventing any leaks.

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