In order to prevent returning home to a household emergency, there are several simple tasks that should be completed before traveling during the winter.



 

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In order to prevent returning home to a household emergency, there are several simple tasks that should be completed before traveling during the winter.

• Turn off the main water supply: The main water supply controls all of the water in the house and is one of the best protections against needing to repair water damage and prevent flooding. Turning off the water supply can help prevent pipes from bursting while the homeowner is away.

• Winterize the drainage systems: Drain the water out of the toilet and add non toxic antifreeze. Also, pour one-half cup of anti- freeze down the bathroom sinks, as well as down the bath tub.

• Test the sump pump: In case there is an emergency, make sure the sump pump is working before leaving town. To test the sump pump, fill it with water and wait for the float to rise to the top. Once the float rises, the sump pump should start running.

• Leave the thermostat turned on: Make sure the thermostat is set no lower than 60 degrees F. Leaving it at this temperature can prevent pipes from freezing.

• Unplug the electronics: Before leaving, unplug all of the electronics, including the television, computers, stereos, lamps and any additional item plugged directly into the wall. This action can save money as well as prevent any damage from a power surge.

— HomeAdvisor.com