Summer is here which means you are probably thinking about the fun summer vacation you are thinking of taking with your family! To keep your home safe while you are away there are a few things you should check off before you go.
Problems in your home, while you’re away, can be external and internal. While you should always take steps to make sure your home stays safe against intruders while you are gone, an empty home left unattended can become a bit of a time bomb, from unwanted smells to water damage from a broken pipe.
- Change water heater settings – Some water heaters have a vacation mode setting. Petri recommends turning the water heater on that setting so that it will lower the heater’s internal water temperature and reduce utility bills. If the water heater does not have this mode, turn the temperature down a few degrees to save energy.
- Clean your garbage disposal – To prevent any unpleasant odors when returning home from vacation, flush out the garbage disposal with ½ cup distilled white vinegar and hot water while letting it run.
- Turn off the water main valve – Water damage is the No. 1 cause of problems that occur while a homeowner is out of town. Turn off the water main valve that leads into the home. A leaking water pipe can cause thousands of dollars in damage if left untreated.
- Do a faucet check – Check all the faucets in the home to make sure none are dripping. Drips over a week or more can add additional dollars to your water bill.
- Set one lamp on a timer – Burglars prey on easy targets and look for homes that appear empty. It is best to set a lamp on a timer to make it appear that someone is in the home at all times.
- Address standing toilet water – To prevent the ring that often occurs from standing water, add ½ cup of chlorine bleach to the toilet bowl and let sit until residents return home.
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