Don’t Forget to Do These Things Before You Leave for Vacation

03d30770Before you step away from your home to head out on your fabulous vacation you should make sure that you have done everything that you can to protect it while you are away. Preparing your home for your summer vacation involves a little more than leaving on a few lights and making sure that the iron has been turned off. Here are some things that you can do to ensure that you don’t come home to a nightmare after your vacation of a lifetime.  

Pull the Plugs

If you are going to be away from your home, there is no need for you to have the extra phone charger that you keep in your kitchen plugged in. There are some appliances like your refrigerator for instance, that should remain plugged in no matter what, but things like coffee makers, computers, televisions and toasters should be unplugged.  Doing this goes a long way in so far as protecting your home from power surges and electrical fires.  

Not Too Hot

You are probably aware that you should never cut your heat and air conditioning unit all the way off if you are going to be away from your home during the winter months. Perhaps you are unaware that the same principle also applies to the summer months as well. Cutting off your air conditioning completely could cause damage to certain items in your home like your dishwasher for instance. You have to consider that the temperature on the inside of your house could actually get hotter than the temperature outside without your air conditioning unit regulating it. Excessive heat could cause the seals in appliances like your dishwasher and your washing machine to weaken or even break. Before you leave your home, you should set your thermostat to 85 degrees during the summer months and 60 degrees during the winter.  

Avoid a Flood

During the summer months, you can always depend on the weather to be unpredictable, as there will always be the surprise thunder storm, and you can always count on at least one threat of severe weather. The last thing that you want to do during your vacation is worry about what the weather is going to do. Be sure that the water valves to your sinks, dishwasher, and washing machines are turned off. If you have the capability of disconnecting your main water line you should do so, if not ask your water company to turn off the main water valve to your home for you. This will ensure that your home is protected should there be a rupture in the main water line.  

Installation Evaluation and Upkeep

You may have never considered having the installation in your home checked before you leave for your vacation, but you should. Actually it is a good idea to have the installation in your home checked at least once if not twice a year by a contracting or building restoration professional to be sure that your installation is intact, and that there is no moisture or mold present. Doing this will help to maintain the structural integrity of your home, keep the air quality in your home fresh and clean and diminish the risk of termite and other bug infestations.
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