Are you headed off to a warmer location for the winter? Will you be leaving your home for an extended period of time to visit friends and family during the holidays? Regardless of whether you are heading out for two week or two months, you need to know how to get your plumbing ready for your vacation. After all, you don’t want to have to rush home and contact your Troy plumber because of a preventable plumbing issue. The following is our list of the steps that you will need to take to winterize your plumbing while you are away:

  • Turn off the main water valve- If your furnace fails while you are away, you will need a backup plan to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze. The best way to do this is by turning off the main water valve to your home while you are gone.
  • Drain waterlines- Make sure that you drain your pipes and your toilet. You can blow out the excess water that exists in your water lines by using a can of compressed air.
  • Close drains- Although no water should leak out since your water valve is turned off and you drained your waterlines,  a good way to be doubly sure that you won’t come home to a burst pipe is to close all of the drains in your sinks and bathtubs.
  • Cover toilet bowl- If you are going to be gone for a very long time, you may way to prevent the water in your toilet from evaporating, as this can allow sewer gases to enter your home. Just raise the lid and the seat, and seal your toilet bowl with saran wrap.