Vacation Plans and PlumbingPosted: Updated:
Plumbing Tips Before Leaving on Vacation:
Heading off on vacation for more than just a few days? Before you head out, don't forget to shut the water off. Also, turn your water heater's thermostat to the "Vacation" setting.
If your water heater does not have a "Vacation" setting, then either turn the thermostat to low or turn it completely off.
If the temperature outside is predicted to remain warm, while you are away, you don't need to do much else to your pipes.
However, in the winter, you'll need to either keep your homes heat above 55 degrees or drain the pipes to prevent them from freezing. (Refer to the Frozen Pipes advise on our Perfect Home page)
After your vacation, turn the water back on, the water heater's thermostat back to its original setting and you should be good to go. If you turned your "gas" water heater's thermostat completely off, refer to the owners manual for the proper steps to safely activate the pilot light before turning the thermostat back to normal.