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How To Protect Plumbing When Travelling

It's easy enough to rush off on vacation and forget about the little details that need to be taken care of before travelling.  However, unless you want to leave one ocean just to come home to another, you'll want to prepare your plumbing before you travel.  Prepare your pipes properly so that you don't have to get a plumber to, literally, bail you out.  Here are some tips from the London Ontario plumbing experts at BEST.

Turn everything off


Many homeowners forget about the icemaker when they leave for vacation, and come home to a freezer that's frozen solid. Avoid this frustration by turning off your refrigerator's icemaker before leaving the house.  While you're at it, unplug the water re-circulating pump if you have one.  The motor could burnout while you're away.

The next thing you can do is turn off the water main, if you are able.  You'll have to check with your local water district to make sure that you are legally allowed to touch the meter.  If you can't turn off the main, see if you can find a quick-action shut off valve.  These are usually to be found at the front of your home.  Ask your London Ontario plumbing provider for advice on whether you should shut off your valves for extended absences. 

Keep your pipes warm


Travelling in the cold winter months?  One of the most important things you can do is winterize your pipes.  Make sure everything is drained and sealed, as well as properly insulated.  Frozen water can cause pipes to burst, which is the last thing you want to come home to after a nice relaxing vacation with the family.  Make sure your pipes aren't exposed, and use pipe insulation if they are.  This will save you a lot of money in repairs, both of your pipes and possible water damage for your furniture and home. 

Thankfully, if you do run into this problem, BEST Plumbing and Drainage Contractors are the plumbers in London to call to get your house back in working order.  If you need proof, read our testimonials from some of our satisfied customers. 

Take care of the hot water heater


Another step you'll want to take for winter travel is to cover your water heater with a water heater blanket.

If you have a gas hot water heater, you'll need to turn the gas valve to the "pilot" or "vacation" setting to prevent heating unused water.  If your hot water heater is electric, simply turn your hot water heater off in the breaker. 

Have a plumber fix leaky faucets


Watch for leaks in faucets and pipes.  Even a small leak (1/8") can cause a lot of damage – say 950 liters a day worth of damage!  Check interior and exterior pipes to avoid coming home to a wet war zone. 

Preparing your home for vacation can take a lot of work.  To make the process go smoother and easier for you so you can spend less time fussing and more time relaxing, contact BEST Plumbing and Drainage Contractors for a quote today! You’ll be glad you did!

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