Ways to protect your home while you are away on vacation
Vacation season is right around the corner. Disasters can happen at any time, but there are some simple ways to prevent some of them while you are away.
Make sure that all unnecessary appliances are unplugged. This not only saves on your electric bill, but decreases the chance of an electrical problem. Shut off the main water valve in your home if you will be away more than 2 days. This will limit the affect of water damage in the event of a broken pipe or toilet tank.
Ask a neighbor or friend to check on your home while you are away, and make sure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency. Make sure all doors and windows are secure, including your garage door. Make sure the lawn is mowed or the sidewalks are shoveled and mail and newspapers are stopped. That, as well as having timers on lights will make it appear as though someone is home.
Taking some precautions before you leave can help prevent a catastrophe that can ruin your vacation.