Before you pack your bags and head out to the nearest beach or snow-capped mountain, take a minute to think about what your plumbing will do while you're gone. Will it stay in perfect working order? Will it run up your water bill? Put down the suitcase and run through this list to put your plumbing in vacation mode.

1. Turn Off Your Water

Stop any potential disasters before they get a chance to start by turning off your main water valve. If a plumbing disaster occurs while you're away and your water is still on, your pipes will flood until someone intervenes. If your system doesn't require continuous water, turn it off.

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2. Open Up Your Faucets

Once you turn your water off, make sure to open your faucets to allow the remaining water to drain out.

3. Drain Your Appliances

Shut off the individual valves to your dishwasher, washing machine, etc. Allowing water to sit in these areas could create mildew, mold, and a myriad of unpleasant odors.

4. Drain Your Sprinklers

If warmer weather has caused you to turn on your sprinkler system, make sure to shut it off and drain it for the reasons listed above.

5. Clear Your Gutters

Remove leaves, sticks and other debris from your gutters so that they can effectively drain rainwater while you're away, or a summer storm could turn into a flooded foundation.

6. Set Your Water Heater on Low

Avoid extra energy costs by setting your water heater to low while you're away. (Unless you have an on-demand/tankless water heater, in which case, don't worry! It only runs when you need it.)

7. Call a Friend to Check-In

Ask a friend or neighbor to check in to assuage your worries, or call an expert to make sure everything is running in tip-top shape before you head off on vacation.


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