Vacation is something that should be relaxing and enjoyable. The last thing someone would want to worry about is hearing there home or business had a flood while they are away. Water damage can strike anyone at anytime but there is a few ways to reduce the chances of this happening especially if the home or business is going to be vacant for extended periods of time. Here are a few tips that could help reduce the chances of this happening.
Turn off the water:
If no one plans to be in the home while you are away, turning off the main water supply could eliminate all chances of having a flood that isn't caused by mother nature. One thing that needs to be considered is if anything will need water like plants or appliances. If this is the case it is not recommended to turn off the water because this could lead to a yard full of dead plants, grass or a broken appliance.
Check your supply lines:
Water supply lines are a common area of failure that almost always leads to water damage. One way to prevent this is to make sure all connections are tight, damage free and appear to be in good condition. If ever in doubt, replacing these can be cheap insurance.
Have a family member or friend check up on your home:
A simple way to help mitigate damages is have someone check up on your home periodically. This could easily reveal unnoticed or new leaks that could be stopped before they have the opportunity to create extensive damage.
Check your appliances:
Make sure all water connections are tight and sealing correctly. Also make sure the supply lines are not kinked or damaged. If ever in doubt, replacing them is a smart move.
In the event a flood does occur despite taking preventative measure, contact a professional restoration company as soon as possible. They will help guide you through the situation and get the structure back to what is was before the water damage occurred.