Should you turn off the water supply if you go on holiday?

Nobody wants to come back to flood damage when they’ve been on holiday. Whether you’re going away for a couple of weeks or taking a short weekend break, you’ll want to make sure your home is safe from leaks and burst pipes while you’re gone. 


So, should you turn your water supply off if you go on holiday? Let’s find out.

Peter Earl From the Energy team
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What to do if you’re going on holiday

Turn off the water supply

The safest thing to do before you go away is to turn off the water supply completely. It might not stop water that’s already in the pipes from escaping, but it will limit the risk of a flooded home.

According to the AA, even though water leaks are the most common domestic disaster for returning holidaymakers, only 18% turn off the stopcock before going away.

It’s easy to do. You can turn off the incoming water supply by turning the stopcock valve to the closed position – usually clockwise. Your stopcock is usually found under the kitchen sink, but it might also be located in an airing cupboard or in the hallway, under the stairs.

Turn off appliances

Turn off any appliances that use water, such as the washing machine and dishwasher.

Leave the heating on if you’re going away in the winter

Although turning your heating off while you’re away will keep your energy bills down, it’s perhaps not worth the risk during cold snaps.

Pipes exposed to sub-zero temperatures are at greater risk of bursting, if they freeze. So set the heating to come on at regular intervals with a timer. The thermostat should be set to at least 13oC (55oF) so the water in the pipes won’t get cold enough to freeze.

Any other money-saving tips?

Turning your water off means you can enjoy your holiday with the peace of mind that your home is safe from any water-based disasters. And it could, ultimately, save you from an expensive home insurance claim and the resulting higher premium.

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