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  • Writer's pictureBrady Grewe

How to Prevent Water Damage When You Leave for Spring Break

Updated: Jul 7

The beach and ocean with a villa

Planning a vacation for Spring break is an exciting time, but it's essential to safeguard your home against potential water damage while you're away. Shortly after I started in the restoration industry my mentor left for a two-week trip to Florida. When he came back the new house, he and his wife had just moved into was flooded. A shut off valve had failed and been running for days. Over half the house had been flooded. When I spoke with him about it later, he said he “knew better and that he should have shut off the water supply to the entire house”. We discussed the rest of the things that should be done to alleviate the chance of water damage when you go out of town. When you leave for spring break, please remember to check off all of these things so that you do not come back to a flooded house. 

1. Shut Off the Main Water Supply:

Before you depart for vacation, shut off the main water supply to your home. This simple step can prevent potential leaks or bursts in your absence, safeguarding your property from water damage. Locate the main shut-off valve and turn it off to cut off the water supply to your entire house.

2. Inspect and Repair Plumbing Fixtures:

Inspect all plumbing fixtures, including faucets, toilets, and appliances, for any signs of leaks or damage. Replace worn-out washers, seals, or hoses to prevent potential leaks while you're away. Additionally, consider installing water leak detectors or smart water shut-off valves for added protection and peace of mind.

3. Drain Exterior Water Sources:

If you have outdoor faucets, hoses, or irrigation systems, ensure they are properly drained and turned off before leaving for vacation. Disconnect hoses, drain water from outdoor pipes, and shut off exterior faucets to prevent freezing and potential water damage during colder months.

4. Check Appliances and Water-Using Devices:

Inspect appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters for any signs of leaks or malfunctions. Ensure that these appliances are in good working condition before you leave and consider turning off their water supply valves as an extra precaution.

5. Clean Gutters and Downspouts:

Clear debris from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage of rainwater away from your home's foundation. Clogged gutters can lead to water backup and potential flooding, especially during heavy rainstorms. Clean gutters before your trip to minimize the risk of water damage.

6. Have a Trusted Contact Check In:

Ask a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member to check on your home periodically while you're away. Provide them with your contact information and instructions on how to reach you in case of emergencies. Having someone keep an eye on your property can help detect and address any water-related issues promptly.

7. Consider Smart Home Technology:

Invest in smart home technology such as water leak detectors, Wi-Fi-enabled water shut-off valves, and security cameras with water detection capabilities. These devices can provide real-time alerts to your smartphone if they detect any signs of water leaks or abnormal moisture levels in your home.

8. Take Precautions Against Freezing Temperatures:

If you're vacationing during the winter months, take extra precautions to protect your home against freezing temperatures. Set your thermostat to a temperature above freezing to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Consider insulating exposed pipes and allowing faucets to drip slowly to relieve pressure.

Peace of Mind While You're Away

By taking proactive measures to prevent water damage before you leave for vacation, you can enjoy your time away with peace of mind, knowing that your home is safe and secure. Implement these tips and precautions to minimize the risk of water-related emergencies and ensure a worry-free getaway.

Warm regards,

Brady Grewe


Renew by Grewe Restoration


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