How to Protect your Homes Plumbing When Travelling

Cobra’s here for you to help highlight a few ways to protect the plumbing of your home while away on vacation.
2 November 2020 Technical Info
How to Protect your Homes Plumbing When Travelling

From expensive water leaks and unnecessary electricity bills to blocked drains to flooded sewers, we are here for you to help highlight a few ways to protect the plumbing of your home while away on vacation. From common plumbing problems to those unexpected, undetected issues that of course only crop up when no one is watching, while plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes no one wants to have to face an unpleasant plumbing disaster off the back of a restful break away. 


Checklist Item Number 1: Tighten your Taps 

One of the more obvious ways to protect your homes plumbing when travelling. Inspect all kitchen and bathroom taps, as well as outdoor faucets and water supplies including disconnecting hose pipes and irrigation systems. While you are away and under the assumption that your utilities will be less during your absence, the cost of a single dripping tap can be alarming. 


Checklist Item Number 2: Turn off Your Mains

Another tactic to protect plumbing fittings when travelling is to turn off your water mains at its source. Much for the same reason, it's recommended to check your home's taps for persistent drips and leaks, turning off your water mains before travelling will further ensure that even if there is an undetected leak, with the water supply shut will ensure that any undetected leaks don’t welcome you home with an unwelcomed expense.  


Checklist Item Number 3: Turn Down the Heat

With a number of myths debunked about turning your geyser on and off according to your use, it’s safe to say that this plumbing precaution comes with far more pros than cons, with the biggest one being a significant saving on your electricity bill.  With evidence that confirms by turning your geyser off and on will not cause damage to the thermostat nor cause the geyser to crack, with or without a geyser blanket, best practice when travelling for extended periods of time, protect your plumbing by giving the geyser a break too.  


Checklist Item Number 4: Invest in a Water Security System 

Commonly referred to as a whole-house leak detection system, this useful water patrol policeman is connected to your home's plumbing system and is designed to not only detect irregularities with water-consuming appliances, and other plumbing fixtures but with a built-in alarm system will alert you to the first sign of wastage detected. Better still, most water security systems automatically shut off your water mains to prevent damage or expense should you be unavailable to address the problem immediately while travelling.  


Checklist Item Number 5: Prevention is Better than Cure

Having established a good relationship with your plumbing service, have a plumber protect your plumbing when travelling by requesting a routine call-out to assist you in inspecting all water-related fittings and fixtures prior to your travels. From the obvious checks to those more specialised, your pluming maintenance crew should also assist with an inspection of all drains and the main sewer line. With early detection acting as your greatest ally, unblocking waste build-up and fatberg will ensure your drains are running clear. And although not necessarily a plumbing related practice but can and will certainly contribute to preventable plumbing issues, be certain to clean out your gutters before travelling during the rainy season and especially if your gutter outlets lead into your outdoor drain systems, as leaves, dirt, and grime build-up that flood onto your drains during a downpour can cause blockages and sewer spills.


While most plumbing problems are unplanned, many of these can be prevented by following a few simple checks before travelling and leaving your home unattended. 


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