We’ve made it to December and for many of us, it means that well earned and long-awaited break. Whether you’re stocking up on the sunscreen and heading off to the Central Coast for a beach holiday or flying to the Northern Hemisphere in the hope of a white Christmas, there’s always lots to do in preparation. But amongst the booking of accommodation and packing of suitcases, we’d like to draw your attention to your home’s plumbing. There are a few simple but important checks that you can do around your house to help ensure that you don’t come home to a plumbing emergency.
Here’s our checklist to get your home ready for the summer holidays:
We don’t often pay this much thought, but the taps for indoor appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers are on all the time. If you’re going away for a few weeks, it’s a good idea to turn these taps off (and while you’re at it, why not turn the power to these appliances off too?).
Take a quick trip around the outside of your home and check that all the outdoor taps are turned off and disconnect your hoses. If you have a sprinkler system, check that your timings are set correctly – remember that Sydney Water’s Water Wise Rules specify watering lawns and gardens before 10am and after 4pm.
The best possible way to prevent water accidents and damage while you’re away is to shut off the main water supply to your house. Do you know where you can access yours? The water meter is normally found in the front garden. You can check if you’ve turned off the main water supply by turning on one of your taps.
Check for Leaks
We recommend a quick review of your home’s taps and appliances before heading off on your break. Look for drips and any signs of water damage – there’s still time to get these fixed before you go away.
Engage the Neighbours
Ask someone to keep an eye on your home, whether it’s a friend or relative, or one of your neighbours. Make sure they have a contact number for you in case of emergencies.
See? It’s not a big list – just a few small but important things to do for your own peace of mind. Now go and have a great holiday!