SOME HELPFUL & IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS BEFORE TRAVELING!
With hopes of an early Spring after a cold start to this winter, 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...Polar Express has a few helpful and important tips that we'd like to share for when you're planning to be away.
- 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.
- Get a house sitter – Okay, you don't really need someone sitting at your home watching soaps the whole time you're away, but you should have someone check in on your home at least every couple days you're gone. You never know what problems could develop without you there monitoring how things are running. That person could help prevent major damage to your home in the event of an emergency.
- 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. 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 from your vacation. Safe travels, everyone!
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