When you pull out of the driveway to head out on your vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is a plumbing catastrophe while you are gone. Floods are the number 1 disaster in the United States and result in millions of dollars each year in damages due to water damage. Even just a little bit of water stemming from a leak can result in major damage to your home. When you leave to go on vacation, the last thing you want to do is come home to water damage. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to avoid flooding while you are gone on vacation.
Inspect Your Gutters
A one-inch rain will collect 600 gallons from a 1,000 square foot roof. This means that you will get a lot of rain off your roof from just one rain shower. That water is landing close to your basement and foundation unless you have gutters that are working properly. Before you head out on vacation, you want to do an inspection of your gutters to make sure they are not clogged. Additionally, you want to check the downspouts to ensure they are relieving the rain water freely. The downspouts should be pushing the water away from the foundation.
Check Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump is a key component to your home working properly. It is designed to remove water from your basement. To ensure your sump pump is working, you want to check the motor and make sure the pump is plugged in. You also want to add a backup battery in case a storm causes a power outage while you are gone. To test the sump pump before you leave, pour some water down into the pit and see if it pumps it out. Make sure there are no clogs preventing it from pumping the water out.
Shut Off the Water
If you plan to be gone overnight, you want to go ahead and shut off the main water to your home in case a plumbing mishap does happen. If you are not sure where the main valve is, you can locate it by going to the water meter. Usually, the main valve is located nearby. To ensure that you have cut off the main water supply, turn the a faucet on and then shut the supply off. Once you go back inside, you should see that no more water is coming out of the faucet that is turned on. Should a pipe burst while you are gone, there will be no water coming out of it saving you time and money in repairs.