How To Prevent Broken Pipes While on Vacation
Vacation is supposed to be a time of relaxation, not one that has you receiving a call to head home to Huntsville, AL. and plan for a water pipe repair job. If you want to relax while you're spending a week away with family, you can take steps to prevent a broken pipe from occurring while you're away from home. Simply have a professional perform a full inspection before you leave.
Check All the Pipes
The first thing your inspector should do is check your pipes, windows, and water heater for leaks. He or she will look in several places:
- Under the bathroom sink and tub
- Behind the toilet
- Under the kitchen sink
- Around all the windowsills
- Behind and around your water heater
If leaks are found, your inspector will either reseal them immediately or recommend someone to perform more extensive repairs.
Examine the Sump Pump
If your sump pump hasn't been inspected in a while, you'll also need to have someone examine it. A professional can ensure there is no chance of it causing your property to become flooded by examining its overall condition, clearing it of debris, and detecting and repairing issues that create strange sounds. The examiner can also install a battery backup in case of a power outage while you're on vacation.
Have Someone Check on Your Home
Finally, while you're away, it is important to have someone keep an eye on your house. Provide a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor with the keys to your home so he or she can check on things. This is especially important during cold weather that could cause pipes to freeze and burst. Your house sitter should also have directions to follow in case you do need water pipe repair.
A broken pipe at home can lead to a less-than-exciting vacation. By preparing your home before leaving, you help to ensure your time away isn't interrupted by an unexpected problem.
If you experience a water damage in your home call SERVPRO of North Huntsville at 256-534-1177.