Handle your hot water tank, plumbing and pipes before you go on vacation

Photo by: John G Plumbing Inc.

If you’re heading off on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is your home’s plumbing

Follow these simple tips from your friendly neighborhood plumber and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your time away.

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First, take a look at your water heater

First, take a look at your water heater. If you see any water around the heating system, give us a call. This puddle could be a sign that your heater needs to be repaired or replaced. The last thing you want is for it to rupture, or a burst pipe while you’re not home.

Turn down the temperature – put the hot water tank into holiday/vacation mode

You can also turn the temperature down or put the system into holiday mode if your particular model has such a feature. This will help save energy and prevent any accidents while you’re away.

Shut the main shut-off valve off


Finally, shut the main shut-off valve off. Once you do that, open one of your taps, both hot and cold, to release pressure from the system, then close them up. YOU ARE READY TO GO.


Where is your main shut-off valve?

In case of a plumbing emergency, you should know where your home’s mains water supply valve is. It can be found in one or more places depending on what type it is and how much room there seems to have for its placement.

It could be:

  • in the crawl space
  • the basement
  • outside of your home

If you can’t find it—call us for help (we’ve got experience!).

Following these simple tips will help ensure that your plumbing is in good shape while you’re away on vacation. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always happy to help!

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