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Pro Tip: Vacation Plumbing Checklist


Everyone has vacation checklists, right?

  • Bathing suit
  • Beach towel
  • Sandals
  • Tank top

But did you know there’s a second vacation checklist you should use? No, not a ‘best oysters in Fort Lauderdale’ checklist—a vacation plumbing checklist. It can save you money on your water bill and in costly repairs—not to mention the peace of mind of coming home to Northeast Ohio without water damage and unwanted scents.

Turn Off Your Water Heater

Turning off your water heater will save you money on your gas and water bill as well as prevent flooding.

Inspect Your Sump Pump

Ensure your sump pump is in working order by pouring a bucket of water down the sump pit to raise the water level. If the sump pump correctly ejects water, you’re good to go.

Turn Off Outside Spigots

Slight water flow from an outside water source can go unnoticed but incur a serious water bill if left on for an extended period. The continuous drip can also saturate the ground and seep into your home’s foundation causing cracks and unwanted leaks.

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Check out our proper garbage disposal care article to learn how to clean your disposal and come home to a clean-smelling kitchen.

Clean Your Toilet

Toilets are prone bacteria when they are left unused for more than a few days. Make sure you give your toilet a good hard scrub before your leave.

Shut Off Main Water Line

This is optional, but if you leave for more than a week—you should consider turning off your main water line. This will save you money and prevent any unexpected flooding while you’re away.

Have Someone Check on Your House

No matter how prepared you are, something unexpected can always happen. Have a friend, family member or neighbor check in on your house a few times while you’re gone to make sure everything is as it should be.

Have questions about prepping your home for a long vacation? Give us a call or contact us online to speak to one of our expert plumbers.