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How to Prevent Plumbing Issues During Vacation

Vacations are meant for relaxation and peace of mind. The last thing you want to come back to is a home flooded because of a plumbing issue. Even minor problems can escalate if left unattended for several days. To ensure you don’t face any unpleasant surprises upon your return, Louw Bros Plumbers in Plettenberg Bay offers these tips on how to prevent plumbing issues while you’re away.

Key Considerations Before You Leave

– Duration of Your Trip: The longer your vacation, the more thorough you should be in your plumbing checks.

– Season: Depending on whether it’s summer or winter, your plumbing preparation might differ.

– Current Plumbing Health: If you’ve recently faced plumbing issues, it’s advisable to get them sorted before you leave.

Preventative Steps for Worry-Free Vacations

Turn Off the Main Water Supply

This is the most effective way to prevent any sort of water damage. By turning off the main water supply, you eliminate the possibility of a leak turning into a major issue.

Drain Your Pipes

After you’ve shut off the water, turn on the faucets to drain the remaining water from the pipes. This step is especially critical during winter to prevent frozen pipes.

Check for Leaks

Before you leave, do a quick run-through of your home, checking under sinks, near the water heater, and other areas prone to leaks.

Inspect Appliance Hoses

Check hoses on your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator for wear and tear. Replace anything that looks compromised.

Water Heater Maintenance

For longer vacations, consider turning down your water heater to a lower setting or even turning it off to conserve energy.

Keep the HVAC Running

In the summer, a functioning air conditioner can help prevent humidity and, consequently, potential mold issues. In winter, it helps to keep your home warm enough to avoid freezing pipes.

Quick DIY Checks

– Test Your Sump Pump: Pour water into the sump pit and make sure it’s working correctly.

– Clear Drains and Gutters: This can prevent backups or water damage during heavy rains.

– Garbage Disposal: Run it one last time with cold water to ensure there are no lingering food scraps.

Seek Professional Help for Long Vacations

If you’re going to be away for an extended period, it might be wise to have a professional inspection before you go. Louw Bros Plumbers can provide a comprehensive check to ensure everything is in order.


Taking proactive steps can make a significant difference in keeping your home safe from plumbing issues while you’re away. For more guidance and professional help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Louw Bros Plumbers in Plettenberg Bay.

For expert plumbing advice and services, visit our blog or contact us at 0646026792.  Safe travels and peace of mind to you!

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With branches in Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, and Knysna, Louw Bros Plumbing offers a wide range of expert services, from leak detection and geyser installation to drainage maintenance and emergency repairs, ensuring the highest quality and customer satisfaction across South Africa.