Before you leave for vacation, there are a few minor plumbing adjustments you should make that can save on energy, reduce your bills, and protect your home from potential disaster! Check out our pre-vacation plumbing checklist below!
Turn off the main water supply
By turning your water completely off you can avoid almost any plumbing-related disaster. It's also a great time to find your main water valve if you don't know where it is already! If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, we can locate and tag your shutoff for you.
Turn down the water heater
If no one is going to be taking hot showers at your home, leaving the water heater running is a waste of energy. In addition, if you turn off your water but don't turn off you water heater, it could result in your water heater burning up.
If you have a tankless water heater, which is very efficient and won't use any energy while you're gone, you don't have to worry about this! Ask us for a quote on tankless water heaters.
Turn up your air conditioning
If you have pets that are staying behind - or even plants - you don’t want to completely turn your air off. Not to mention the oven you’d come home to. However, you can turn the temperature up in your home so your AC doesn’t have to work so hard when you’re not there.
See us about investing in a Wi-Fi Thermostat so you can turn your house back down to full comfort level an hour or two before you return!
Turn off the ice maker
This is a small adjustment, but it could still save you a few dollars on your water bill.
Check your sump pump
Summer is full of severe weather in Iowa. That can mean the potential for flash floods and standing water in your basement. Checking your sump pump before you leave could save you from coming home to a flooded home.
To test your sump pump pour a five gallon bucket of water into your pit to activate and verify its operation.
Have any plumbing concerns? Take care of them before you leave.