How to Prevent Water Damage while on Vacation
As the weather starts heating up and summer starts moving in, it means it’s time for vacation for a lot of people. As people leave for their trips, they do the normal walk around the house and make sure that the oven is off, the lights are off, and that their doors and windows are locked tight. Most people don’t think that they need to check their pipes and appliances to make sure there are no leaks that could potentially cause a disaster. A leaking pipe can do a lot more damage than most people think. The smallest drop can make the biggest difference.
Inside home prep
When you get ready to leave for vacation, go ahead and check the pipes in your kitchen and bathroom areas to make sure that there are no leaks or cracks in the pipes. Make sure you look at all the hoses that attach to your appliances. While you’re gone, you can always ask a family member or friend to come and check on your home. If no one is available to check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes before you leave.
Preventing a flood
So you’ve got the inside of your home prepped by taking care of pipes and such. Don’t forget about your window sills. If these are not secure and storm comes through, water could get into your home under the windows. Make sure your roof is sealed and free of any cracks that a leak could get into and then get into your home. Another good idea would be to make sure your gutters are clean and that water can flow freely through them.
If you do find a disaster has struck while you were gone, call SERVPRO of Walker County!