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Leaving for an Extended Amount of Time? Here’s Why You Should Turn Off Your Water.

Leaving for an Extended Amount of Time? Here’s Why You Should Turn Off Your Water.

Leaving for an Extended Amount of Time? Here’s Why You Should Turn Off Your Water.



One of the most common homeowners’ insurance claim is water damage to their homes. Leaking pipes and appliances, and damage caused by storm conditions cause millions of dollars worth of damage every year. If a pipe leaks or bursts while you are on vacation, water can destroy carpets and furniture and even compromise the structural integrity of your walls or foundation. This can all happen without you knowing or without warning. Before leaving your home for more than a day, prep your house so you won’t come home to a big, expensive mess.

Here is what you should do before you leave your home for an extended amount of time:

  • Check your home for leaks before you leave. Look at the pipes under all sinks, and check your water heater for cracks and rust.
  • Inspect the hoses that connect to major appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerator ice-makers. Make sure there are no kinks; replace any old or damaged hoses.
  • Turn off the water at the main if there is no one to check your house. Drain the pipes by running the water and flushing the toilets after you shut off the water.

Note: While you are away for the season you may have someone maintaining your pool’s water level. If that requires them to turn on your water manually you may want to install a pool auto filler.

If you do have someone maintaining your home while you are away you may want to have a dual shutoff valve installed. This will enable them to use your water without turning on the water to the house .




This Aztec Plumbing blog was written by our re-pipe supervisor, Rich Mays.

Categories: 24 hour drain and sewer repair, drain clearing, home improvement, leak repair, plumbing tips.