Summertime is vacation for many people. There are things you should do before you go on vacation, regardless of whether you’re traveling internationally or staying in California. Even if you don’t use your plumbing, it doesn’t mean something can’t go wrong.

Ten Things You Need to Do Before You Go on Vacation

Planning vacation means booking hotels, car rental, entertainment, but it also includes preparing your home plumbing. These plumbing tips are helpful to ensure that everything runs smoothly upon your return from vacation.

Turn off the water

Turn off the main water valve if you don’t have someone to watch your house. This will prevent leaks or burst pipes, and could save you from returning home to a water-damaged or flooded home.

Drain your sprinkler system

You can drain the sprinkler system if you aren’t going to be home for a while and you don’t think you will need to water your yard. Even small leaks or drips can lead to large water bills, which is something that many people don’t want after a vacation.

Check your gutters

Gutters are designed for draining rainwater off your roof and releasing it at least 6 feet from the foundation. However, leaves and other debris can block them, resulting in a flooded roof. Make sure you have your gutters clear before you leave for vacation to ensure they are able to withstand the summer rains.

Check your sump pump

While most California houses don’t have basements they are becoming more popular. A sump pump is designed to prevent basement flooding in the event that your gutters fail. To test the pump, pour water into the pit. You’re good to go if the sump pump is ejecting the water as it should. Before you leave the house, make sure to schedule a plumbing inspection.

Drain your appliances

Dishwasher and washing machine water can cause mildew, mold and other unpleasant odors. It is not something you want to return home to. Consider draining them before you go on vacation.

Turn off the water heater

Your water heater can be turned off to prevent flooding. It will also help you keep your energy bills low while you are away.

Clean your drains

While you are gone, clean out the drains, toilet, and disposal. Instead of using harmful and caustic chemical cleaning agents, our Long Beach Plumbers recommend DIY solutions such as vinegar and baking soda.

Your pool pump should be running

If you have a pool at your home, it might be a smart idea to shut off the pump when you are away. This can lead to algae buildup, and other problems. If you are going to be away for longer than a few days, instead of shutting it off entirely, turn the pool pump on to its optimal setting to allow it to continue to run throughout your vacation.

Look for leaks

Before you leave for vacation, make sure to perform a quick sweep of your plumbing to check for any leaks. Check for corrosion or dampness around appliances. Before you go on vacation, call a plumber to inspect the area.

Invite family and friends to join you

Ask your family and friends to check your home while you are away if you plan to be gone for a while. This will provide you with peace of mind. They can also collect your mail and turn on the lights as necessary.


Everybody needs to go on vacation from time-to-time to recharge and clear our minds. While you are away, your plumbing is the last thing that you need to worry about.

Include plumbing inspections in your vacation planning list! These 10 things can help you save a lot of time (and money) on your return trip.