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GOING SOMEWHERE? Important Safety Tips before Traveling

Posted by Eric Smith on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 4:33 pm

Going somewhere???


With fall/winter, so comes the holiday's and many of you may be planning some travel in the next few months. Whenever you plan on being away from home, even if it's only for a long weekend...Austin Plumbing has a few important safety tips for you to follow. Afterall, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and we know first hand! We get many calls from frantic clients who sadly come home to a big mess that many times could have been avoided.


Simply follow these few safety tips before you travel:

  1. TURN OFF THE WATER...Whenever you plan to be away from home, even if it's just for a few days, it's important to shut off your main water supply.  If you're on well water, your main shut-off is located on the piping that leaves the pressure tank.  (See left photo). Typically a home's pressure tank is located within a foot or two of an outside wall in your basement.

    If your home has city water, your main shut-off is located directly above the water meter in your home. (See right photo.) You can typically find your main shut-off and water meter located on the outside wall of your basement that faces the street you live on.

    Shutting off water can potentially prevent major damage from any leaks that might develop while you're away.

  2. WI-FI YOUR SYSTEM...There are many options for Wi-Fi T-stats & leak detection systems that can monitor your furnance & air and provide you with vital information about your home when you are not there! They can inform you of the current temperature, humidity level, and yes...even water leaks! Call our sister company...Polar Express Heating & Air 262.367.3266 today for more information.

  3. TURN IT DOWN...When traveling in the winter months, it's a good idea to turn down your furnace while you're away—just don't turn it too low. Most manufacturers recommend not going below 55 degrees on a modern furnace (60 degress is the safest). A couple reasons for this: furnaces produce condensation, and if your thermostat is set too low the condensation will not drain properly, causing unnecessary wear on the secondary heat exchanger.  Also, that condensation can freeze and cause major problems. No one wants to come home from a warm beach vacation to a broken furnace.

Follow these simple tips for a happier return home...Safe travels everyone!


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