Keeping your home safe when you’re away
1. Turn the water off
Leaks aren’t usually a big deal – if you’re at home. Unfortunately, even a small leak left for a week or two can cause a major flood that damages your property.
If you’re away for a while, turn off your water at your inside stop valve (there’s plenty of help on YouTube if that phrase is a mystery to you). If you’re going for long, just make sure all the taps are turned off tightly.
2. Unplug electricals
As well as saving a few pennies, unplugging everything you can at the wall protects your home from fire. Just don’t unplug the freezer or fridge unless they’re empty. Returning from holiday to rancid fish fingers and ice cream soup is not what you want.
3. Check your home insurance policy
Before you go away, double-check you know what’s covered, how long your house can be empty (some insurance providers have a 60-day limit but it is usually 30 days) and the number you need to call if something happens.
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