Going on Vacation: Should You Turn Off the Water Before Leaving?
will be planning summer vacations when the kids are off from school while
making arrangements for friends and neighbors to watch their pets and homes
while they are away. However, one of the worst things to experience is an
emergency call from a friend about the home flooding from a busted pipe or a
leaking water heater. So you may be wondering about whether you should turn off
the water supply before leaving? Are there certain times of the year when it is
ideal to shut off the water? Also, should you turn off the water even for short
Shut Off the Water During Summer Vacations
It is a great idea to simply shut off the water when you go
on a summer vacation, even if you are only leaving on a mini weekend getaway.
With the water turned off, there is no pressure constantly applied to pipes. So
you don’t have to worry about a small leak getting bigger and bursting, which
could cause flooding in your home.
Instead of turning the water off at every shut off valve
under the sink, behind the toilet or near the water heater, you can just turn
off the main water supply. The water main supply valve is generally located
inside the home right where the pipe enters through the foundation in the
basement before it branches to the water heater and other areas of the home.
For some households, it may be located outside right where the pipe connects to
the water meter and enters the house.
Drain Water Pipes During Winter Vacations
During the winter, as well as late fall and early spring,
the temperatures could lower to the point where the water can freeze in the
pipes. When water freezes, it expands. If the frozen water expands inside the
plumbing system, it can cause pipes to split or burst.
In addition to turning off the main water supply, you
should also drain the pipes when nobody is in the home while you are away. This
solution can prevent water pipes from freezing. While you may consider leaving
the heat on to prevent the pipes from freezing, a storm or tree branch weighed
down with snow can knock out the power lines. So the heat can accidentally get
shut off and leave your water pipes at risk to the freezing temperatures.
Inspect Your Home Before Heading Off
checking out the faucets, water supply lines and any visible pipes for leaks or
damage a few weeks before your vacation starts. You can leave yourself enough
time to call a professional plumber to make repairs now so that your vacation
plans don’t become disrupted.
can also tighten any loose fittings and make sure that water remediation
systems, such as sump pumps and French drains, are in working order before you
leave. Ensure that your sump pump is plugged in and running optimally. To check
your French drain, inspect the end of the pipe and remove any obstructions that
could cause ground water and surface water to go into the home.
Advice to Protecting Your Plumbing When Away from Home
are many circumstances that can cause you to be away from your home for long
periods of time. From family reunions to emergency trips, you might have to
leave in a hurry. To ensure that your home won’t be damaged by a broken pipe or
leaking drain, contact the plumbing professionals at Green’s Plumbing.
are a local family-owned plumbing company providing services to residential
homeowners and businesses in West Hills, CA and surrounding areas. We can help you
fix plumbing problems, flooding issues, and even locate your water main supply
before you go on a vacation. Get a free estimate today at 818-880-8847.