Do A Faucet Check
Before heading out the door, make sure that no faucet is dripping. Drips over the course of a few weeks are incredibly wasteful, especially in areas where water is scarce. Not to mention if could add a few unnecessary extra dollars to your water bill.
- Clean Your Garbage Disposal
While this is in line with keeping your kitchen clean, cleaning the garbage disposal is so important that it deserves its own mention. Sometimes we forget about what we can’t see. There might be egg shells or orange peels that haven’t been flushed away. You know who will find them? Ants and flies. Not to mention you might come home to a foul odor if gone for a while.
Before you head out the door, flush the garbage disposal with distilled white vinegar and water while letting it run for a minute or so.
- Unplug Small Appliances
Why pay for electricity when you’re not using it? Even your coffee maker and phone suck up a little power when not in use. Plus, there’s something mentally freeing knowing that only necessary items are still plugged in
- Adjust The Thermostat
Even in temperate Southern California it’s beneficial to have a high and low range set on the thermostat even when you leave. Certain woods can’t tolerate extreme heat and humidity and you’d be doing them and who knows what else a disservice by making the home a sweat box.
- Set Your Water Heater
Experts don’t recommend turning off your water heater, however, most new ones are equipped with vacation mode. Put the water heater in vacation mode, or if you don’t have that, dial the temperature to 120 degrees DO NOT LOWER THE TEMPERATURE ANY LOWER as it can cause bacteria to grow. Your manual should have recommended settings .
- Turn Your Water Off
Turn off water at the main shut-off valve. Your dishwasher, washing machine and sinks do not need water while you’re gone, and a leak while you’re away can result in costly repairs for water damage.
- Smoke Detectors
Make sure your smoke detectors are all working with fresh batteries.
- Emergency Contact
Give a friend or a neighbor contact details for services you use, such as your regular gardener or plumber, to get in touch easily if anything comes up.