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Tips for Keeping Your Pipes in Working Order While You are Away

Water can cause devastating damage to a home, but there are ways to prevent that from happening, which can be especially useful if you are away for any length of time. If you live around Elgin, IL, ensure that you never have to come home to inconvenience and unforeseen expense by taking these easy measures:

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If your home has a sump pump, make sure it is always in good working order. Test the pump by filling the well with water and make sure it is being ejected. If the pump does not work, make sure it is plugged in, and that the breaker is in the on position. Also, check to see that the outlet pipe is discharging properly and that the water is directed away from the house.

Check the gutters and downspouts on the house and make sure they are clear of any debris such as leaves and sticks. Downspouts should discharge at least 8 feet away from the foundation, and the discharge end should be free and clear.

If you will be away for an extended period of time, consider shutting off the water supply to the house. Houses in cold climates will generally have the shut off valve in the basement, near the water meter. For houses in warmer climates, the shut off valve will be found in an underground service box outside of the home or attached to the exterior of the foundation wall. The valves will usually be found on the street side of the house where the service comes in off the water main.

Outside water faucets where you would attach a garden hose are likely to freeze in cold weather. Always shut off the valve to an outside connection when the weather turns cold whether you are home or not.

If you are away during the winter, keep the heat set at a reasonable temperature to prevent pipes and plumbing from freezing. If your water is supplied by a well, shut off the pump to prevent the pipes from filling. It only takes a few hours of cold weather to freeze a pipe to the point where it will burst.

There is a new technology that will also help keep your home safe from water damage. Temperature sensors, either battery-powered or electrically operated, will turn a device off or on if the temperature inside the house falls below a certain level.

Don’t come home to ruined pipes. Make sure that you only need to call your local Elgin plumbing repair company for things beyond your control. By taking some precautions when you are away, you can protect your home from water damage that would cost unnecessary time and money to fix.