Spring breaks are just around the corner and families or college pals are heading out in all directions. You might not be worried about leaving your home alone – high and dry – but you should pay a bit of attention to the plumbing before heading out of town.
This pre-vacation list will keep you from arriving home to a plumbing disaster:
Give your water heater a look over. Check the floor area surrounding your unit for wet spots or puddles. Leaks could be a sign that your heater should be repaired or replaced prior to vacation. Either way, there is usually a vacation mode available.
Make sure your sump pump is working. Spring is a stormy season and certainly calls for a backup sump pump system. Save yourself the trouble of a flooded basement and make sure your system is working properly and will turn on in the case of a storm.
Use a drain maintenance product. A foul odor tends to turn up from the drains if not used regularly. To freshen everything up and keep smells from rising, pour a drain maintenance product, such as Barker and Sons BioOne, down the drain before leaving.
Give emergency contacts your plumber’s number. If you have a neighbor check up on the house or pick up mail, leave them with a list of emergency numbers, as well. In the event that something is obviously wrong with the home you’re better off having them contact a plumber you are already comfortable with.
Barker and Sons is available 24 hours 7 days a week for emergency calls and repair needs. For more vacation planning plumbing tips and helpful information, give us a call at 714.630.8766.