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How To Prepare Your Home For Vacation

Family packing up the van

Going on a summer vacation is oftentimes the best part of the entire year! Whether you’re going on a cruise or visiting a foreign country, it’s time away from work that is well deserved. However, before you leave, there are a few things you should do to prep your house.

  1. Refrigerator Purge – Open up your fridge and look at the expiration dates of all the food and drinks. Anything that’s going to expire while you’re gone should be used before you leave or thrown away.
  2. Laundry List – Wash and dry all of the dirty clothing in the hampers. Letting dirty laundry sit for a week or so can create a lot of funny smells. If the clothing is damp it can even begin to grow mold spores after 48 hours.
  3. Hold the Mail – Rather than letting all of your mail and newspapers pile up, tell the post office and paper boy to hold it until you come back. This is also a good way to avoid becoming a victim of burglary.
  4. Water Off – If you’re going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, consider turning off the main water valve. This way there is no chance for a pipe to burst or an unknown leak to continue while you’re gone.
  5. Set the Thermostat – Leaving your thermostat set to your normal living conditions is wasteful, and turning it off is bad for your home. Extreme heat can damage appliances and promote the growth of mold from the rising humidity level. Set the thermostat to roughly 78-82 degrees. Those with smart thermostats have the advantage because they can control the temperature from their phone whenever they like.

By preparing your home before you leave for vacation you can avoid coming back to any catastrophes that might cost you money. If you’re looking to install a smart thermostat or fix a plumbing leak, contact the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700