Prepare Your Home Before You Go on Vacation
The last thing you want to worry about while on vacation is the well-being of your home. Aside from making sure pets and plants are taken care of and stopping the mail, there are a few extra steps worth taking to prepare your house before you leave.
Unplug all Electronics
Unplug electronics, especially computers and televisions, before you leave your house for an extended period of time. If you have already taken the precaution of adding a surge protector, flip the switch off. This is vital during the summer months in Arizona particularly. Monsoon storms often lead to power surges that can have damaging effects on plugged in electronics. This protective step saves you money, too. Plugged in electronics, even when turned off, use power.
Turn Off the Main Water Supply
Floods, water damage, and mold definitely aren’t the best things to come home to after being away. Turn off the main water supply to prevent expensive disasters, like leaks or burst pipes and plumbing lines. As an added precaution, drain all plumbing fixtures after shutting off the main water supply off by turning them on until water stops flowing. Plumbing emergencies are expensive and can destroy a home.
Turn a Few Lights on Using Timers
Turning a light or two on before leaving for vacation is a common practice to deter burglars. However, leaving the lights on all the time is unsafe and anyone observing your home will be able to tell that no one is there. Put a couple of low-wattage bulbs in lighting fixtures and set them to go on for a couple of hours each night with timers you can buy at any hardware store. The light will dissuade thieves and the low-wattage bulbs will lessen the chance of an electrical fire.
Set the Thermostat to About 85°in Summer, or 60° in Winter
Turn your thermostat up if you are leaving during summer, or down for winter. Don’t turn your air conditioning completely off.
Wrap Your Pipes During Winter
You should always wrap your pipes when it starts to get colder, but this is especially important if you are going to be away from home. Frozen pipes can lead to bursting and serious plumbing emergencies.
Have a Friend, Neighbor, or Family Member Check Your House Routinely
Lend someone you trust a key to your house if you are planning to be away for a few days or more. Have them check your home every couple of days to ensure no plumbing emergencies, burglaries, fires, or other home emergencies have occurred.
If you go on vacation this summer and come back to a home disaster, don’t panic. Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista is licensed, bonded, insured, and certified to handle water or fire damage, mold, plumbing, vandalism or any other home or office emergencies.
If filing an insurance claim is needed, Mr. Fix It’s insurance claim specialists will help you every step of the way. Our experienced team will handle the recording of the initial loss, communications with your insurance adjustor, and the documentation of the damages and repairs throughout the entire restoration process.
Mr. Fix It also offers 24/7 emergency plumbing and restoration services for Sierra Vista and the surrounding areas. We provide our general contracting services for both residential and commercial properties.
Call Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista at (520) 227-8194.