Top Plumbing Tips to Prepare your Home for the Christmas Holidays
Christmas break, the time for visiting relatives or travelling overseas to celebrate the festive period in a different country.
Before leaving for holiday, it’s important that our homes are left in a safe condition. Ensure your home is securely locked and you have someone to pick up your post when you’re gone. The most important thing to consider is your plumbing.
The last thing you need when you’re on holiday is for your home to flood and cause water damage. This can cause unwanted expenses for you on your return.
Shut off your water mains
If you’re going away it’s best to shut off your water, in the event of a water emergency your home won’t be affected. You should be able to find the water meter in your front garden.
Once you’ve shut it off, ensure there’s no water running when you turn on the tap.
Turn off the taps
For many household appliances, we leave the tap valves on at all times. Dishwashers and washing machines generally operate in this way.
To ensure there’s no damage during these water supply systems when you’re away, turn both the taps off and turn off the power for appliances too.
Consider switching off your hot water system to keep your gas bill low in your absence
Make sure your plumbing is sturdy
Over time, wear and tear can cause rubber to bust a leak. Check this plumbing before you go on holiday, to ensure they don’t show signs of wear and tear.
Any problems you can call in a plumber to replace them with stainless steel braided hoses, which last longer.
Review your sump pump
For peace of mind, it’s a smart idea to check your sump pump before leaving for a holiday. All you should need to do is put water into the sump pit to increase its water level.
Check that the pump is pushing out the water. You want to ensure the system is ejecting water properly before you leave for the Christmas break. If a problem arises, call in a plumber to get some advice.
Pool pump review
Keeping your pool pump up to date is important if you don’t want a green pool upon your return. If you have a salt chlorinator installed, this should be easy as it operates automatically.
Have a wonderful break!