- Turn off water at the main valve before you leave, and drain all the pipes and appliances.
- Sometimes shutting off the main water supply may not be an option, you may have an automatic sprinkler system. Shutting off the valves to all plumbing appliances is a good alternative in case a hose cracks.
- Check all eavestroughs and downspouts for debris or blockage.
- Arrange for someone to check the house and ensure the furnace hasn’t accidentally shut off, which could cause the pipes to burst.
- Install a water monitoring alarm system.
- If you go away for more than seven consecutive days during the heating season, it is mandatory to turn off the main water supply or arrange for someone to ensure the house is adequately heated, in order to maintain your insurance coverage.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most common Indoor water damage results from leaks or overflow from:
- Pipes, sinks, baths, toilets, appliances, aquariums or waterbeds.
- Improperly installed appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers.
- Hot water tank or rupture of the brass valve.
- Frozen or ruptured pipes.