A vacation is a wonderful time to get away and leave your troubles behind. What you don’t want is any water damage to deal with when you get home. If you’re wondering how to prevent water damage while you’re away, you’re at the right place.

CHECK YOUR HOSES

If the hoses that supply water to your washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator spring a leak, your house can be flooded, incurring major damage. Make sure they’re dry, securely attached, and untwisted. If they’re worn out, replace them. If you know how to shut the water supply off to these appliances, this will reduce the risk.

CHECK THE PLUMBING

Much like hoses, the plumbing in your house has the potential to flood your home. Check for leaks at the joints and connection points. See if any pipes need replacing.

CHECK THE SUMP PUMP

Your sump pump provides essential protection from water damage to your basement or crawlspace if it works. Make sure it’s in good working order by pouring water into it. Listen for odd sounds and make sure it pumps water effectively.

INSULATE YOUR PIPES

If you’re going on vacation in winter, protect your pipes from freezing by adding insulation. This material can be found at your local hardware store and is pretty easy to install.

KEEP YOUR HEAT AND AC ON

Even if no one is there, your home should be kept at a reasonable temperature. Excess cold can wreak havoc on your plumbing, and excess heat can cause high humidity levels which can lead to mold growth.

SHUT YOUR WATER OFF

As an extra measure of security, you can turn off all the water to your house by shutting off your water main. This is often located under your house towards the front. (If you do this, you won’t have to worry about your pipes or hoses, though it’s good to check them anyway.) If a freeze might occur, drain the pipes by running faucets and flushing toilets.

If your home has sustained water damage, call the experts at Pacific Flood restoration. As the local leader in water removal for commercial and residential property owners, you can always trust us for thorough and comprehensive services. Our knowledgeable and experienced team of restoration technicians will work with you to ensure you get the results you want. By utilizing the latest tools and technology, we will quickly and accurately identify the cause of your water damage and take the appropriate steps to restore your property to its previous condition. Water damage can devastate your home and create an unsafe environment for your family. We have already helped hundreds of customers in the San Diego CA area recover from water damage due to flooding, rain, and burst pipes, and we are confident we can assist you too. Contact our team today to get started on your water damage restoration.