Plumbing Checklist: Leaving Your Home for Vacation

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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer travel season. Before leaving your home for vacation, there are certain precautions you should take—especially when it comes to your home’s plumbing system. If not quickly detected, plumbing emergencies like leaks and floods can lead to expensive water damage and dangerous conditions such as mold. Use the plumbing checklist outlined below to help prevent such plumbing disasters from happening while you’re away. Then you can enjoy a relaxing vacation, knowing that your home is well-protected from water damage.

What to Do Before Leaving Your Home for Vacation

Before leaving your home for vacation, use the following checklist to prevent and minimize plumbing emergencies:

  • Turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect hoses. Even a small drip or leak can add up to a big water bill!
  • Turn off your home’s main water supply. This will prevent plumbing leaks while no one’s home. Tip: If you need someone to come over and water your garden while you’re away, you can shut off the water at the main valve coming into your house, while making outside water available for sprinklers and hoses.
  • Set your water heater to the lowest setting. This will keep your energy bill down while you’re away. Alternatively, you may want to completely shut off the water heater and drain it to help prevent flooding.
  • Inspect your sump pump. A hard-working sump pump is the best way to prevent basement flooding. One to two weeks before leaving your home for vacation, have a professional plumber come out to perform routine maintenance and make sure your sump pump is running smoothly. For extra protection, install a smart sump pump—such as the Aquanot Active 508.
  • Install a whole-house water security system. As a homeowner, this is your best year-round defense against hazardous and costly water damage—whether you’re on vacation, or you’re simply asleep or away at work. Learn more about water security systems here.
  • Ask someone to check on your home. It’s always a good idea to have a friend or relative look after your house when you’re out of town. Be sure to leave them all your emergency contact numbers, including your plumber’s phone number.

More Summer Plumbing Tips

For more info on how to prepare and maintain your home’s plumbing system this summer, check out our previous post on How to Prevent Summer Plumbing Issues.

Planning on leaving your home for vacation this summer? Contact us if you have any questions or need help getting your plumbing system in order. Call our office at (314) 501-9950 or email