You’ve locked the doors, closed the windows, the alarm is turned on and the neighbours were summoned to keep an eye on the house. The car is packed and you’re ready to hit the road for your long anticipated and much needed holiday.
But have you properly prepared your house for being left alone while you’re away? Plumbing is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re getting ready for a holiday, but a plumbing emergency could easily ruin your stress free time away. Here are a few tips on how to avoid this on your next holiday.
- Turn off the water supply – If the pressure in water pipes are not released regularly you could quickly end up with a burst pipe. To play it safe, we recommend turning off the main valve when you’re going away for two or more weeks.
- Check the pipes for leaks – If you’re just going away for a few days or one week, turning off the water supply to the entire house wouldn’t be necessary. But in that case you need to check washing machine pipes, dishwasher pipes and especially toilet pipes for any leaks or weak areas. It’s much cheaper to get a leak fixed or replace a valve than it is to save your house from a flood.
- Examine your water heater – One culprit often to blame for emergency plumbing in Toronto is the water heater. Although water heaters are expected to have a lifespan of about 8 years, you could find yourself in an unlucky position of a water heater bursting while you’re away. Before you hit the road, inspect it to ensure there are no leaks.
- Keep the heat on in the house – Emergency plumbing in Toronto often occurs during our icy winters when the pipes freeze up. If the temperature drops too low and the pipes don’t get some heat for a while, you could face a burst pipe when it finally heats up again. Best to leave on a timer for the central heating or have your neighbours heat the house often.
- Unclog the drains and gutters – Now that you’ve taken care of the water supply inside of the house, take a look at the outside. This quick and easy step can prevent major emergency plumbing during Toronto Not only can clogged gutters lead to water damage on the interior and exterior of your home, it could also lead to blocked drains outside, flooding the outside of your house. So before you leave on your carefree break, make sure your drains and gutters are clean.
Emergency Plumbing in Toronto
These tips could save not only your holiday, but also save you a lot of money and time. Unfortunately we can’t prepare for every possible emergency. Always have someone check on your house while you’re away on holiday to avoid having a disaster waiting to happen while no one is home. And if the unfortunate happens, and you need emergency plumbing in Toronto, contact our plumbing experts.