by on July 29, 2016

Getting Your Home Ready for a Vacation - 5 Essential Tips

Home maintenance doesn’t stop when you go out of town, and with that in mind, we wanted to share some valuable tips for keeping your home safe while you’re on vacation. Planning doesn’t take a lot of time and can save you time, energy, and money, so why risk it?

Take a look at our list of five essential ways to get you home ready for your departure:

1. Purge Your Fridge

 If you’re going away for more than a few days, make sure to use up as much of your perishable items as possible. If you aren't able to empty your fridge of cheese, dairy and produce before leaving, ask a friend or neighbor to stop in and take it for themselves so that you don’t return to a smelly, bacteria-filled fridge when you get home.

2. Unplug All Appliances and Electronics

 Did you know that your appliances and electronics still draw power even when they’re in “sleep” mode? It’s true, so why would you pay extra for energy that you aren’t using?

 Not only does unplugging electronics and appliances keep your energy costs low while you aren’t there to use them, but it can also protect your purchases from electrical surges which may occur while you’re away.

3. Use the “Vacation Mode” Setting on Your Water Heater

 Another easy way to lower your energy costs while you’re away is to set your water heater to “vacation mode” which reduces the internal temperature inside your tank and keeps the standing, stored water at a lower temperature than normal.

 If your water heater doesn’t include this feature, you can enjoy the same benefits by turning down the temperature on your thermostat before leaving.

4. Make Sure Your Water Valve is Turned Off

 A surefire way to give yourself peace of mind while you’re on vacation is to turn off your water valve before you leave. Turning off the water supply ensures that your home will be safe from leaks and burst pipe emergencies while you’re away and unable to attend to it.

 This important step not only provides you with peace of mind that leaking water won’t damage your home, appliances or electronics, but it can also save you money that would have otherwise been spent on repairs and replace damaged items.

5. Flush Out Your Garbage Disposal Unit

 If your home has a garbage disposal unit in the kitchen, then be sure to do yourself a favor and “flush” it with a mixture of white vinegar and water. This mix will pull any leftover food such as egg shells, produce, and shreds of other edible materials which may attract flies and insects and cause an unpleasant smell for your return home.

Do you want more ways to protect your investment and keep your home safe while you’re away on vacation? Then call Plumbing at , in Houston, TX for help with a wide variety of home maintenance needs; we’re always here to help.

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