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How to Ensure Your Vacation Home Isn’t Wasting Water When You’re Away

Money May 10, 2018
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Lindsay Cutler

You may think your vacation home is protected from water damage or water loss simply by turning off all the faucets and checking for leaks before heading home for the season. Nonetheless, your vacation home could be wasting water when you’re away. Here are a few tips to make sure your vacation home is secured even after you leave.

Turn off the main water supply

The absolute way to prevent water leakages is by turning off the main water valve. You can usually find this by the water meter itself, on your property near the street, under a metal lid by the street. If you can’t find it there and you have an older home, check near your water boiler, crawl spaces and your basement.

Turn off appliance valves

If you still access to the water supply when you’re gone — for automated outdoor sprinklers, for example — take the next best step and turn off individual appliance valves. Shut off valves by the kitchen sink, toilet, washer, and anything else you won’t need in the coming months. It’s better for the environment, prevents growth of mold and mildew, and it’s better for your bills!

Drain gutters, hoses and appliances

This has more to do with water damage than water loss per se, but also be sure to drain your gutters and the water lines to your appliances before you leave your vacation home. That means draining your AC hose before departing — even trace amounts of water left inside could eventually leak out.

Get a smart water monitor

Whether you choose to go with an low-cost leak sensor or a comprehensive water damage protection system for your vacation home, it’s up to your preferences, budget, and the level of protection you want to give your home. We recommend our very own Flo, which is the most rigorous home leak prevention system currently on the market. We are the only system to test for flow, temperature and pressure — the three most important factors in testing for household leaks.

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