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31 August 2015

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 August 31, 2015
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Summer is in full swing in Utah and you may be planning on taking a family vacation.  Before leaving home, there are a few things every homeowner should do to stabilize their house to avoid coming home to an unwanted disaster.

These tips can help you protect your home before going out of town:

-Turn the main water line off to your house –  There should be a shut off valve in your home that you can easily locate and shut off before leaving for vacation.  This is extremely important and can prevent an unwanted flood or water damage to your home.

-Unplug your water softener if you have one. Many times when a water softener goes through the discharge cycle it can cause flooding.

-Turn of water line to Evaporative Coolers – If you have an evaporative cooler you may want to turn the water off to the cooler as a preventative measure.

-If you have automatic sprinklers, make sure all of them are properly working before leaving. Many times there is a broken sprinkler that you never know about and it can run all day long.  This can lead to a high water bill or a flooded basement.

-Keep your thermostat at a normal temperature. It requires more energy to cool a house down that is really hot.  You don’t want your air conditioner running constantly in an empty house but at the same time, you don’t want to come home to a house that is too hot.  Find the middle ground.

If you are close with a friend or neighbor, have them do a walk through of your house daily. Lots of things can happen in less than 24 hours, you would be surprised how much damage a water line can cause to your house! The longer water sits, the higher the potential for major water saturation and formation of mold. Even though the climate is dry in Salt Lake City, water damage can still lead to dangerous black mold as well as compromise the structure of your home.

Make sure whomever is watching the house knows where all of your shut valves are. Mark them so they are easily recognizable. Gas Shut Off, Main Water Shut Off. Power Shut Off, etc.

Last but not least, have a great vacation knowing you took all the necessary precautions to protect your home.  If something does go wrong, you can call Quality Disaster Cleanup at any hour to help you deal with a water damage emergency or disaster restoration anywhere in Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, Orem, Layton and the entire Wasatch Front and Back.

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