Vacation Tips for Your Home

Before you leave, it's always a great idea to:

  • Have newspaper and mail stopped or regularly picked up by a trusted neighbor

  • Make sure a neighbor knows where the water main shut-off is located in the event of a broken pipe

  • Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your home

  • Set timers on interior lights to deter burglars

  • Unplug TV, computer and appliances susceptible to lightning and power surges

  • Advise your alarm company and local police if you will be gone for an extended vacation

  • Take jewelry and valuable papers to a safe deposit box

  • Turn off water valves to your washing machine, icemaker and dishwasher

  • Arrange for lawn care while you are away

During cold weather: 

  • Set the heat in your home to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius)

  • Allow hot and cold water to drip from faucets near outside walls

  • Keep downspouts and gutters clear of debris

  • Disconnect all garden hoses

  • Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing. Typically those near outer walls, in crawl spaces and in the attic are the most vulnerable.

  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and where appliances are near exterior walls

  • Shut off and drain the water system in your home (except indoor sprinkler systems) before an extended vacation

  • Consider installing a whole house water leak detection system to help prevent or reduce water damage resulting from a plumbing leak