Readying a Home for Vacation
If your family is like many families, chances are you’ll be leaving your home for a short period of time to visit relatives for the holidays or to go enjoy a few days of relaxation at the beach, a ski resort or a another favorite destination. However, the rest of the world doesn’t stop while you’re away, as storms and cold weather continue to blow and burglars target homes that appear to be empty. With that in mind, there are ways that you can protect your home while you’re off spending quality time with your family.
Reduce the Risk of Damage to the Home
If you vacation during the winter months, no one wants to come home to burst or frozen pipes. A broken pipe could cause significant damage to the home and could result in flooding. One way you can avoid this is to shut off the water to all appliances, toilets and sinks. The pipes should then be drained by simply turning the faucet on until no more water comes out. This can also be done to outdoor water faucets, which will reduce the risk of the outdoor pipes freezing.
If you don’t want to turn the water off, there is another option to prevent frozen pipes. You can leave the furnace running at about 55 degrees or higher. You should leave the cabinets open in order to circulate the warm air throughout the home. Always have a trusted neighbor or relative check on the home to ensure the furnace is still working.
Keep the Pests Away
Even though getting ready for a vacation can be stressful, you don’t want to forget about what’s in your kitchen. Leaving spoiled food in refrigerators or cabinets could lead to some new guests who may be hard to get rid of. Throw out or give away food that will go bad while you are away and make sure any spills or food residue has been cleaned. if you plan to be gone for any great length of time, you may wish to completely clean out the fridge and unplug it. Make sure that all water has been drained and that the door is left open to avoid mold.
Avoid Burglaries and Theft
It is a sad fact of life that some people make their living by stealing from others. Your home could become a target for burglars if you make it obvious that no one is home. If you have a trusted neighbor or relative, have them take the mail and any fliers that are put on the front door. If vacationing in the winter, hire a snow removal company to keep the driveway and walkways clear. Finally, use timers to turn lights on and off at various times throughout the night.
Prepare for Potential Emergencies
Whenever you have plans to spend some time away from your home, especially during the holidays, it is always recommended to be prepared for emergencies. Have a neighbor, friend or relative visit the home every few days to check for leaks or heating issues. You may wish to leave them with numbers to local technicians in the event something does happen so that repairs can be made quickly and before any major damage is done.