No one wants to come home from a relaxing vacation to a plumbing disaster. If you're leaving home for a period of time you may want to take a few precautions when it comes to your plumbing. The goal is to prevent any water damage that could happen if your pipe break, burst or leak while you're gone.
First, turn off the main water valve in your home. Next, turn on the taps and drain the water. Then, flush the toilets. This will release water pressure from the pipes. That way if a pipe does break, there will be very little water damage, if any at all.
In Colorado, a sub-zero cold snap can happen even in the fall and springtime, so be sure to set your thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees. If you have a smart thermostat, check the app to see if there's an option to send an alert if the temperature unexpectedly drops below the set temperature. If the temperature drops suddenly, it could indicate a power failure of heating system malfunction.
If you're frequently away from home for an extended time during the winter, a water alarm that detects leaks can be a smart investment. A leak detector senses a drop in water pressure and automatically shuts off the water at the water main, preventing extensive damage to your home.