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Should I Turn My Water Off When I Go on Vacation?


Most people don't turn off the water every time they leave the house, but what about if you're headed off on vacation? Should the water be turned off then? How about for shorter, weekend or business trips? Whether you're getting some much needed R&R or attending a work-related conference, there's no fun in coming home to a plumbing problem or, worse, disaster.

Three Reasons to Turn Water Off While You're Gone

Yes, you should be turning off your water line before you leave for vacations to avoid any leaks or potential floods. It literally pays to make sure your water is off before you take off! Here's the potential dangers of leaving your water line on while you're away:

  1. Leaks -Your pipes might leak or break while you're away and wreak havoc on your home. Massive damage can result from broken pipes, leaking supply lines, water heater leaks or other causes.
  2. Flooding - Your plumbing line can flood your home while you're away. In this case, you'll have to face enormous costs related to replacing damaged carpets, flooring, walls, electronics, personal items, and more. Many of these costs might not be covered by your homeowner's insurance policy; even if they are, it might take months before you see any money. A good idea is to check your policy right now to see if your coverage is voided if you don't shut the water supply off when you're away from your home for a certain period.
  3. Delayed Plumbing Service - One issue can lead to another when it comes to leaks and flooding in your home. When you're away, you won't be around to detect this issue and get a plumber to come ASAP. Instead, these issues can snowball and rack up an expensive emergency plumbing visit when you return home.

How to Shut Off Your Home's Water

Even if you're only leaving for a few days, it's a great idea to shut off the water supply to your house. It's quick and easy to do and it lets you have one less worry while you're away.

You don't need to turn off the water at every valve under sinks, behind the toilet, or near the water heater. Simply turn off the main water supply valve, which is typically located inside your home, right where the main pipe enters the house. With some homes, the valve is located on the exterior where the pipe connects to the water meter and enters the house.

Final Tip

Mark your calendar a week or so before you leave and inspect your home's faucets, water supply lines, and any visible pipes for damage or leaks. Leave yourself enough time to call in a plumber to make repairs if necessary. Things you can probably do yourself include tightening loose fittings and making sure other systems like sump pumps are in good working condition.

You went on vacation to enjoy the pool, not come home to one! Shut off your water at the main supply before heading out and you'll avoid any unpleasant surprises when you get home.

Whatever your plumbing needs might be, David Gray Plumbing is here to help. We've been serving the needs of Jacksonville, FL homeowners for more than 40 years and we can fix any plumbing problem or flood issue. We'll even help you locate your water supply and show you how to properly turn it off! To learn more, give us a call at (904) 605-8190 or contact us online today.