The safest way to leave your home is with the main water supply turned off. We especially recommend to do this if you will be leaving for an extended period of time. By doing this, you are not allowing water to enter your home which rules out any potential flooding. If you decide to do this, make sure you run the water until the system is drained completely.
Take a quick walk around your home and inspect the hoses that connect to major appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and ice-makers. You should be on the lookout for any kinks, bulges, or calcium buildup. Replace as needed - we recommend using stainless steel braided supply lines.
If you do not feel comfortable shutting off your main water valve (or you do not have one) we recommend at least turning off the supply to select fixtures. Close the valves at your wash machine and toilets to minimize the amount of water damage in case something does go wrong. If you have separate valves for your hose bibs, give those a turn as well.
Give the temperature knob on your water a turn to the lowest setting or "vacation mode." There is no sense in heating a tank full of water if no one is there to use it!
Run water into infrequently used drains to ensure the trap stays full of water while you are gone. If the water in the trap evaporates, it will allow sewer gas to enter the home. Adding a drain maintenance product such as Bio-Clean also helps loosen up debris in the pipes and reduce odors. Running the garbage disposal and dishwasher before you leave are also a good idea.
We have had customers call because they have seen water pouring out of their neighbors home while they were out of town. Alert your neighbors that you will be leaving or have a family member check up on your home. It is a good idea to leave emergency contact numbers for them as well.