Tips for Keeping your Home Safe While on Vacation
It’s hard to enjoy your vacation if you’re worried about what might be happening to your home. Unfortunately, thieves commonly target properties while the owners are traveling. If you’re planning to get away for spring vacation, the following tips can help keep your home safe while you’re away.
- Add Security Lights: Motion-activated lights are a great way to give burglars second thoughts about targeting your home.
- Maintain Appearances: If your house appears uninhabited, it could become a target for burglary. Pay someone to mow your lawn, and keep a vehicle parked in your driveway. You should also make sure newspapers and packages don’t pile up on your porch.
- Go into Lock-down Mode: Secure your home with deadbolts, dowel rods and locking pins for windows and sliding glass doors.
- Don’t Advertise Your Vacation: While it may be tempting to brag about your trip on social media, you could inadvertently tip off a criminal.
- Strategically Position Curtains: Leave your curtains and blinds in their normal daytime positions without directly exposing valuables.
- Disconnect Power Cords: Unplug coffee pots, computers and any other electronics. You should also turn off your garage door in case thieves try to open it with a universal remote.
Inspecting for Leaks
While they may seem like minor issues, plumbing leaks can erupt into a full-blown catastrophe at any time. If you notice leaky fixtures, water stains, warping floors, wet spots or high water meter readings, consider getting a professional assessment before leaving town. The last thing you want is an uncontrolled leak in your home while you’re away. It may seem unlikely, but unchecked water damage can lead to substantial repair bills. Make sure you eliminate any risk by getting a professional leak assessment before you travel.
At Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, Inc., we have all the necessary equipment to detect leaks of any size. Let our specialists provide you with professional leak detection and repair services, so you can travel with peace of mind. Contact us today.
Helpful hints about your drain line
Many homeowners do not know that their kitchen sink and laundry drains are connected in multiple places and that what happens in one can affect the other. Your toilet, sink and tub all share the same drain. If you have a drain line blockage and not a fixture blockage, it could affect more than one drain. If something like a ring or small toy goes down your kitchen or bathroom sink drain, all is not automatically lost.
You can retrieve it in three easy steps:
- Immediately turn all water off;
- Put a bucket under the drain pipe big enough to catch about a half-gallon of water; and
- Unscrew the two joint nuts near the bottom of the “J” trap.
Your missing item should be there.
Important: Do not use acid-based products to clear grease clogs in your sink drains. At best, they will just melt the grease which will re-solidify farther down the line. A bleach-based product or a product that will change the grease into CO2 + water is far superior, and these types of products are much safer to keep under the sink with small children and pets around.