Summer is on its way (finally!) and loads of us are planning a nice, long holiday away from home.
Hopefully, we won’t get the same amount of rain as last year! However, we need to be prepared in any event to keep our home (and our plumbing) safe as we unwind.
There’s nothing worse than coming back from a delightful trip to find a plumbing disaster waiting for you. To avoid this, we’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts for you this holiday season:
Do: Inspect Your Gutters and Downpipes
Before you get ready by packing those cold beers for a hot day on your summer adventure, take time to inspect your home’s gutters and downspipes. Clear any debris and ensure that rainwater can flow freely. Blocked gutters can lead to water overflow, potentially causing damage to your home’s foundation and plumbing.
Don’t: Neglect the Main Water Shut-Off Valve
One of the most important steps in preparing for your summer holiday is turning off the main water supply. This will prevent water from entering your home and reduce the risk of leaks or burst pipes. If you’re unsure how to do this, seek assistance from a plumber or a reliable neighbour.
Do: Set Your Thermostat Mindfully
While you may want to save on cooling costs while you’re away, don’t set your thermostat too high. A hot indoor environment can strain your plumbing and even damage fixtures. Maintain a temperature of around 25-26 degrees celsius to ensure your plumbing remains in good condition.
Don’t: Announce Your Vacation Plans Publicly
It’s natural to be excited about your summer holiday, but be cautious about sharing your plans on social media. Broadcasting your absence can inadvertently inform potential intruders that your home is unattended. Share your vacation details only with close friends and family.
Do: Inspect for Leaks Before Departing
Before leaving for your summer holiday, conduct a thorough inspection for leaks. Check under sinks, around faucets, and in the bathroom for any signs of dripping or water damage. Address these issues before you go to prevent further plumbing complications.
Don’t: Forget to Secure Outdoor Plumbing
Ensure that outdoor plumbing, like garden hoses and sprinklers, is disconnected and stored properly. During heavy summer rains, outdoor fixtures can become sources of water damage if not secured.
Do: Arrange for Home Checks
If possible, ask a trustworthy neighbour or friend to visit your home periodically. They can ensure everything is in order and act promptly in case of a plumbing emergency, like flooding due to summer rain.
Don’t: Ignore Water Heaters
For tank-style water heaters, consider turning the temperature down or switching to vacation mode to conserve energy. If you have a tankless water heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reduce energy consumption.
There’s nothing better than a long Kiwi summer holiday for you to relax and enjoy. But nothing ruins a great holiday like getting back home to disaster. By taking a few precautions specific to New Zealand’s summer season, you can return from your vacation to a home with well-preserved plumbing.
Enjoy your summer adventure, and stay worry-free!