There’s more to the holiday season than wrapping presents and drinking eggnog. When there are so many things to prepare, house maintenance can fall to the wayside. Whether you’re staying home for Christmas or heading out of town, a little bit of preventative maintenance can go a long way to avoiding a leaky emergency.
CHRISTMAS AT HOME
Small leaks might not seem like a big deal at the time, but they can drain your wallet and your patience during a busy time like Christmas. Little things build up over time and you don’t want the resulting flood from a leaky appliance to happen while you’re opening presents! Not to mention small, accumulative damage can result in mold and isn’t always covered by insurance. Get to know the common sources of leaks so you can prepare for them ahead of time. Faucets, dishwashers, and toilets are obvious culprits, but don’t discount your washing machine, refrigerator, or other appliances, either.. Installing leak detection devices can alert you before any water damage occurs. Don’t let wet carpet dampen your celebration!
This season is a time for sharing! With more people in your house, your appliances will be getting more use. This is a good opportunity to examine your guest room and bathroom to make sure everything is in working order. Chances are your guest bathroom doesn’t get much use, so testing the flush of the toilet and the faucets of the bath and sink is a good idea. While your guests are with you, your home is their home, so make it welcoming! Spruce up your bathroom and make sure it’s well-stocked. Put some throw pillows on your guest bed. Fill up your fridge. Show your guests what a great host you are!
Heading out of town for the holidays? Don’t forget to shut that water off! You don’t want to come home from your holiday to wet hardwood and sopping carpet. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine right before you leave, either. If they break, you won’t be around to fix them! Following a checklist can help you remember everything so you can enjoy your vacation without worrying. It’s also worthwhile to invest in some smart home technology. Staying connected to your home while you’re away can alert you to emergencies so they’re not a surprise when you return.
Whether you’re staying home or heading out for Christmas, fixing the small issues as soon as you see them can prevent future headaches. Worried about a leak but can’t find it? Get in touch and we’ll find it for you!