By Robin Shapiro
Some people leave their Rockaway homes during the winter season for vacations. It makes sense to be aware of the possibility of burst pipes or hoses, especially if the incident occurs while away from home. Here are some preventative strategies:
• Valves: Shut off valves at sinks, toilets, tubs and showers. Cut off the main water supply valve for your home.
• Water heaters: Turn off the power to your water heater in order to prevent fires which could occur once the water supply has been shut off. Check for puddles, rust and unusual noise. If you notice any of these signs, then call your plumber.
• Appliances: Inspect the refrigerator and washing machine lines for leaks, rust, or damage. Shut off the water supply to the appliances. However, DON’T shut off the power to your refrigerator or your food will spoil.
• Check your boiler. Most boilers have an expected life of 20-30 years nowadays. However, this doesn’t mean that the boiler is immune to some wear and tear damage. A damaged boiler can create a flood in your home.
• Have a friend check your house while you are away.
Of course, you can have a plumber check your home before you leave. It’s a good idea to have a plumber check out your house periodically anyway. My go-to plumber is Adam Magnicarri of Solo Plumbing: 917-589-3363. Call me. Love, Robin.