Before You Leave for Vacation, Make Sure Your Home Is Protected

Summer would seem incomplete without a vacation, and we hope that everyone will get to take one this year. While the vacation itself is filled with fun and relaxation, getting ready to go is another story.  As you’re busy making reservations and packing the essentials, don’t forget about the importance of protecting your house from disaster while you are away.  These are some suggestions for proactive steps you can take before you leave for vacation to reduce the risk of coming home to a mess.

Reduce Risk of Water Damage

When you are gone, the risk of water damage increases because you aren’t there to spot incoming water before it turns into a big problem. To decrease the risk of water damage, you can take these steps to make sure that water is staying where it is supposed to be.

  • Turn off water main
  • Check windows and doors
  • Clear storm drains and gutters
  • Make sure your sump pump is working

Reduce Risk of Fire Damage

With just a spark, fire can quickly destroy a structure and all its contents.  Though the human causes of fires are eliminated when the house is empty, fires could still start from triggers such as an electrical problem or a lightning strike.  You can’t control the weather and may not be aware of faulty wiring, but unplugging electrical appliances is one step you can take to reduce the risk of a fire.  It is also helpful to have a good security system that is set up to automatically call the fire department in the event that a fire starts.

Reduce Risk of Theft

Another threat to your home and possessions while you’re on vacation is a break-in.  Thieves watch for opportunities afforded by empty homes.  Giving your home the appearance of being lived in can help to reduce this threat. Some ideas for fooling would-be criminals include:

  • Setting a timer for lights
  • Stopping mail delivery
  • Getting someone to mow your lawn
  • Keeping valuables out of sight

The last thing you want to think about before you leave on vacation or while you’re on your vacation is something disastrous happening to your home. And yet you never know what might happen when you’re away.  Storms, fires, floods, and break-ins can all occur without your knowledge and leave a big mess waiting for you when you return.  If this happens, don’t panic! Moore Restoration has trained technicians ready to help.  Whether you discover water damage, fire damage, even wind or mold damage, you can count on us to provide reliable Central Indiana restoration services.  Call us at 866.484.3322 and we will help you get back to relaxing.