Check Your Plumbing Before Heading Out on Holiday
If you’re preparing to go on a Summer holiday, one of the last things you probably think of is attending to the plumbing in your Brisbane area home. However, if you take just a few minutes to attend to a few important needs, you can save money and ensure that you don’t return home to a water catastrophe.
Shut Down the Hot Water Heater
If you have a traditional electric or gas water heater with a large tank, it’s one of highest energy-consuming appliances in your home. You probably don’t realise this if you’ve never shut down your water heat for a week or two and come home to significantly lower electricity bills.
To shut off the hot water system, use the main shutoff handle on the water heater itself or shut it off at the main circuit panel if that’s more accessible. Some newer water heaters have a holiday setting on the temperature controls. You can also simply turn the temperature dial down to its lowest setting.
Leave a note in a visible location to remind yourself to turn the power back on as soon as you return home, as heating a full tank of cool water will take a little time.
Shut Off Your Water Supply
One of the worst home repair catastrophes involves flooding due to broken pipes. If you’re not home to stop the deluge and take action, you may suffer extensive property damage that can also necessitate mold remediation and reconstruction costs. If you completely shut off the water supply, you have prevented plumbing-related water damage altogether.
If you don’t know where your main shut-off valve is, locate it as soon as possible. Even if you’re at home when a pipe breaks, the best way to minimise damage is to shut off water at the main supply valve.
Usually, the main shut-off valve is near your home’s water meter. Valves may be located outside your home, often below ground and covered with a plastic lid. Outdoor valves may require a tool called a valve key The plumbing professionals at Intagas can help you find it and show you how to turn it off and make sure that it is working properly.
If you shut off your water supply before going on holiday, open a tap at the opposite end of your home to drain what water remains in the lines. Upon your return, reopen the main valve slowly to minimise surging pressure on your pipes and fixtures.
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