But that amazing vacation becomes a disaster with all kinds of regrets if you arrive home to a flooded house!
It is one of the absolute worst events in life. Nobody wanted to come home. You wanted to extend your vacation, but you know you have to go to work on Monday. So you arrive home late Sunday night, and when you walk in the door, instead of nice, soft carpet awaiting your footsteps, you discover a squishy experience, and the first thing you hear is the sound of a pipe pouring water all over the place in another room.
Oh, if only you had been home when that pipe broke! If you had been home, you could have quickly shut off the main water supply and taken care of the small mess. But Murphy’s Law dictates that if the worst can happen, it will. Pipes always seem to break when no one is home. Sump pumps seem to fail when no one is around. The list goes on and on.
What can you do?
Here are some tips homeowners can use to ensure water damage does not occur:
1. Securely close all windows and doors. Remember that a storm can push water into your home if there is any type of opening, even a tiny one at a window.
2. Don’t turn off the heat! Keep the temperature set at a level that ensures nothing inside will freeze. In winter months, you never know how frigid it might get when you are on vacation.
3. Some hot water heaters have a vacation setting. If you're fortunate enough to have that, take advantage of it!
4. This one is really important! Shut off all water supply sources to anything that might leak, like the washing machine. Even better? If appropriate, shut off the main water supply to the home, but leave detailed instructions if anyone is going to visit or stay at your home while you are away.
5. Make sure your sump pump is in good condition. A failed sump pump means ground water is going to come in and create chaos in your home.
So enjoy your next vacation, but don’t let coming home be a disaster. Follow these tips to make sure you don’t suffer from a water damage disaster.
(But if you do, call us at Carpet Pro, immediately! We can fix it!)