Pre Vacation Disaster Preparedness
With the holiday season upon us, many folks are making travel plans and preparing to visit friends and family around the country.
While you are away on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is water damage to your home. Unfortunately, a water loss can strike at any time, whether or not you are present for it. Here are a few tips you can use to minimize the potential of water damage to your home whilst away.
Quick pre-departure home inspection
After you have bought your plane tickets and packed your luggage, make sure to do a quick inspection around your home for potential problematic areas. Have a look at the pipes under your sinks, look for any issues with your water heater or furnace, inspect the supply lines that connect your major appliances and check the gutters and roof for any leaks, blockages or abnormalities.
This quick step can greatly reduce the potential for damage while you are away and give you peace of mind in the process.
Turn off the water main
An easy way to insure that you have no water related issues while you are away is to simply turn the water main off. It may be days before someone discovers standing water in their home, and turning off the water main on the way out the door will eliminate the potential to find unwanted surprises when they return.
Hire a house sitter
It’s always a good idea to have a trusted friend, family member or neighbor keep an eye on your home while you are away. Even better if they can stop in once or twice a day to make sure everything is in order. Make sure that whoever you choose receives adequate instructions and emergency contact information.
Nobody wants to return to their home after a fun vacation to find water damage, but sometimes, despite best efforts, they can still happen.
If you do return from your vacation to find water damage in your home, stay calm and contact a reputable water restoration contractor such as SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn immediately. The longer you wait, the more there is a chance for secondary damage.
We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. We use advanced water removal and drying equipment and implement scientific drying principles to get your property dried quickly. If you have experienced a water related disaster in your Clackamas County home, call us today. 503-635-6233