How to prevent water damage when you’re on vacation

At some point all of us need to take a vacation. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip away or a much longer trip to your planning having your house prepared will give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your vacation. Here are a few things you can do to leave your house in the best condition to prevent water damage.

 

  • Double check that all doors and windows locked and secured keypad wind and rain. This is one of the most likely causes of water damage and one of the most easily prevented.
  • Set your water heater temperature control to the vacation setting and a shot off the gas supply to the water heater. This will not only prevent potential water damage but will also save you money and prevent your water heater from heating up water that you will never use.
  • shut off your water supply line to washing machines, toilets, sinks and of course your fridge and icemaker. The less things are using water while you’re away more money you’ll save and the more likely the years to come home not finding your home flooded.
  • If you have a basement and if you have a sump pump make sure that it is in working order The last thing you want to do is come home to find your basement flooded.
  • Some of the major causes of water damage while you’re away our leaking water heaters, appliances that started to leak, pipes that have burst and in particularly cold climates frozen pipes.

 

Bubble bath’s and bilge water: your bathtub and water damage

Of all the places in your home most likely to suffer water damage your bathroom is the top contender. You use your bathroom multiple times a day and gallons upon gallons of water flow through it every day. No part of your house contains more water at any one time then your bathtub. If your bathtub has sprung a leak that could lead to devastating water damage in the future and costly repairs.

 

most bathtubs today are made out of fiberglass, plastic and other light and easily maneuverable materials. These materials are very easy for the builders to deal with but are quite flimsy when used every day. It is in no way difficult to crack bottom of a bath tub and even a very small crack can lead to a lot of leaking. Repairs can be made to bathtubs using such materials as Bondo but these are patch jobs. If you have any major water damage issues with your bathtub you should seek professional help.

 

One of the easiest ways for a bath tub to cause water damages for it to overflow. If you live in a house with people who have long hair it is very likely that their hair will eventually clog the drain leading from your bath tub. Clearing out the drain is an extremely nasty job that no one wants to do and if left alone for too long your bathtub will overflow if filled up. Many believe that Bath’s running as they walk into another room to do something else and if you haven’t cleaned out the drain it is known all surprising to come bath water and find the path flowing into the rest of the bathroom.