It’s finally summer in Toronto, but don’t let the nice weather fool you. Many people assume that during the summer months water damage is not an issue that they need to think about, but don’t let the high temperatures fool you. Water damage can happen at any time in the year and you need to be ready to deal with it.
It is unlikely that you will experience water damage due to the weather during the summer months but water damage doesn’t always happen because of outside conditions. If something goes wrong with your plumbing system you could have a large problem on your hands. Often even small problems can become big ones if you’re on vacation and your home is left empty for a few days, weeks or months.
In order to prevent water damage in the summer while on vacation it’s important that you prepare your home against water damage whenever you are leaving it. Below are a few tips that our Water Damage Restoration team has prepared for you.
1. Turn off the water main
Turning off your water main when leaving your home for long periods of time will help avoid water pressure from building up in your pipes. By doing this you remove a lot of the chance of a leak since usually leaks happen when there is a stoppage in the pipes. If you have a clogged pipe or drain it can cause the pressure to build up and damage a weak area in your plumbing system, by turning off the water main you don’t fix the potential problem but you will at least ensure that if your pipes are compromised they are done at a time when you are home and available to all a professional.
2. Drain the pipes
Once your water main is turned off you can turn on all the faucets in your home to let any built-up water out. This will ensure that the pipes are relieved from pressure and if you have a leaky fitting or faucet it will not cause problems.
3. Turn off the water heater
Turning off your water heater while on vacation will not only save energy but it prevents the chance of the water heater having a problem. Admittedly the odds that your water heater will cause problems is low, especially if it is a newer model and is well taken care of it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Also it is always a good thing to save energy.
4. Have a friend check your home
One of the easiest steps that you can take is asking a friend or family member to check on your home every once in a while if you are planning to be gone for a long time. If you follow all the above steps you should in most cases be able to leave for a week or two without any worries but if you plan to be gone for longer it’s always a good idea to have someone checking in on your home. So many things can go wrong in your home without having someone present and the best way to make sure its handled quickly is to have someone checking in on your home. Be sure to leave them with your insurance company’s information in case something does go wrong so that they can be contacted as soon as possible.
These are just a few tips to help make sure that your home survives the summer season. If you do experience any kind of water damage be sure that it is properly taken care of by experts. InteriorEra has an experienced team that can be in your home quickly and help you with any water damage.If you ever experience water damage feel free to call us at 416-897-1676