The time of year has arrived when the nights are cooler, the days are shorter, and soon enough the kids will be going back to school. For most families, that means getting in the end of summer away vacation. This is often a time to embrace the last days of summer and prepare, as a family, for the rigid routine of the quickly coming fall. While Metro East Illinois is a great place to call home, not many people choose to have a staycation here, and instead venture out to hot destination vacation spots, leaving their homes idle for a week or so. For the most part, leaving home requires little preparation. But, at the end of summer, Illinois can be very temperamental, ranging from extreme heat waves to hail storms and flash floods. This means that your home may need some special preparations. In today’s post we are going to discuss plumbing preparations you should make before leaving your house unattended at the end of summer.

At Culler Plumbing Services, we offer routine and emergency plumbing services to Belleville and the surrounding Metro East Illinois area. We are prepared to handle any plumbing problem you encounter, big or small. However, we would much rather help you prevent plumbing problems by taking a proactive approach.

Prepare for every season.

What does that mean? Well, we’ve discussed plumbing preparations by the season several times before, including:

What You Can Do to Prepare Your Plumbing For Winter 

Plumbing Tips For Spring

Fall Plumbing Problems and How to Avoid Them 

Summer Plumbing Tips

Even though it is still technically summer, you can never be sure what weather adjustments will take place while you’re away. We suggest you prepare for a freeze, just in case. Empty all hoses and detach them from your house.

Save water and save energy.

While you are away, there is no need to make sure that you have hot water on demand. To save some energy while you are away, turn your hot water heater down. Save water while you are gone by ensuring all of your water-using appliances are off — unplug them to save on energy usage too! Make sure that hoses are off and you can even pause your outdoor irrigation system.

Prepare for flooding.

Your house should always be prepared to withstand storms and flooding, but when these things happen and you aren’t around, damage can happen quickly and when you aren’t home to intervene, it can get out of control quickly. Prepare your home to handle flooding by checking on your sump pump to ensure it is in prime working condition. Repair any minor leaks you’ve been ignoring to prevent a buildup of water while you’re away. If you haven’t already, ensure your gutters are clean, your rain spouts are intact, and there is nothing impeding water flowing away from your home.

At Culler Plumbing Services, your local plumbing company, we understand the importance of family vacation and enjoying your summer. We want you to be able to relax and enjoy your time away and not have to worry about what you may come home to. For all of your plumbing needs, either help in preventing damage before you leave or repairs when you come home, contact our experienced plumbing technicians.