Vacation time is a grand time: We love our vacations, yet there’s nothing like plopping those bags down and saying “Ahhhh—home sweet home!”. Here’s a couple of groovy hints to give you piece of mind while you’re away and also make sure your home is in great shape, plumbing-wise, when you return to your castle:
We like to turn our main water off – that way if any faucets, toilets, or other fixtures decide to start misbehaving no damage can be done. Of particular concern is the washing machine hoses: they always seem to malfunction at the most inopportune times. For those of you with fire sprinkler systems, make sure it’s still live though: no need to cause more peril.
One other item to save some money and energy on is your water year. Turn your tank top water heater to vacation mode or the lowest possible setting. No need to keep 30-40 or more gallons of water hot the entire time you’ll be gone. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save this way.
We always put these things on a check list before leaving, then we always put a reminder on our kitchen counter so after we get home, that hot shower will be waiting for you within minutes.