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Tips To Protect Your Plumbing System While Your Away From Home

Posted on: December 22, 2016

Tips To Protect Your Plumbing System While Your Away From Home

If you plan to travel to warmer climates this winter, it’s a good idea to take a few steps to protect your plumbing while you are away. Here are some tips to avoid wasting water and damage from frozen pipes.

1. Leave the Heat On

At first thought, it may seem like you could save significant money on your heating bill when your away by turning the thermostat way down. However, this is an invitation for disaster. Unless you go through the trouble of draining the water from your plumbing system and shutting off the water main, there is a lot of standing water in your pipes that can cause extensive damage if the temperature drops. So play it safe and keep your thermostat set at 60 degrees or higher.

2. Check the Water Heater

Inspect the area around the water heater for leaks or signs of corrosion. If you see any water on the floor near the water heater, call ABC for assistance.

3. Fix Leaks and Clogs

If there are slow drains or dripping faucets, it’s a good idea to have them repaired before leaving home for an extended period of time. Standing water and stagnant drains can cause unhealthy mold and mildew and could also attract unwelcome guests like insects and rodents.

4. Make Sure the Sump Pump Is Working

Pour a bucket of water into the pump pit. The sump pump should turn on and remove the water.

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