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How to Avoid a Plumbing Disaster While on Vacation

There is never a good time to encounter a plumbing disaster. If one should happen in your home, and while you are on a vacation, it is the worst thing to ever happen. Not only would there be no one to take any immediate action, but nobody would be able to call the plumber to do the repairs. A major leak in your indoor supply line can rapidly fill up your home with up to 500 gallons of water. If this were to happen, you would return home faced with a real plumbing catastrophe, not just a plumbing disaster. In order to avoid encountering any plumbing disasters while you are away on vacation, here are a few things to consider before leaving on your trip.

Shut Off the Main Water Supply

Before leaving on your vacation, make sure to turn off the main water supply. This will shut down the water flow into the house and ensure that no water flows into the pipes. The main water supply valve is located outside of your home. In some cases, it is in the basement. If you cannot locate your homes shut off valve or do not know how to shut it off, call your local plumber to help guide you. If the valve is stuck, do not force it and contact your local plumber.

Turn off the All the Taps

If the main water supply cannot be turned off, turn off the water valves individually. In most homes, the taps are accompanied with their separate valves. This turns the water supply off to each individual pipe system. Therefore, even though the main supply will not be off, no water will flow into the taps themselves.

Fix the Leaks

Do not overlook minor water leaks in the pipes. These minor holes can lead to major rupture due to internal corrosion. Don’t delay in seeking professional help from a plumber. Fix these leaks as soon as you notice them. It is also a good idea to check your water heater. A dripping water heater could lead to a bigger issue. If there is corrosion present the water heater could burst any time.

Vacations are meant to be enjoyed, not full of worry about plumbing issues in your home. To be sure that everything is fine with the pipelines and main water supply, get your home checked by the experts at High 5 Plumbing. We will come out to your home before your big vacation and inspect your water lines and pipes. Call (720) 330-4868 or email us today!