Summer is here. What are your plans? Do they involve leaving your house for an extended period of time? Here are some ways to prepare your home before you leave for some recreation.

Do a faucet check

Before heading out, make sure that no faucets are dripping. Even the smallest of drips can become the biggest disasters given the right amount of time.

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Do a toilet check

For the same reason of checking your faucets, check toilets for prolonged running.

Turn off your home’s main water supply

Want to be extra safe? Turn off your home’s water supply entirely. In addition to faucets and toilets, even the smallest of water lines, like an ice maker, can backup or freeze and crack causing water to leak directly onto floors. This can lead to moldy carpet and carpet pads, damaged hardwood floors, ruined drywall and ceilings, and more. By turning off your home’s main water supply there’s no water to begin with that could do any damage.

Open closet and pantry doors

While you are gone it is likely that you will turn off your thermostat. In the absence of air flow, things begin to smell funky. Opening closets or pantry doors helps promote air flow, minor as it may be. This air flow helps minimize stale affects in your home.

Unplug small appliances

Why pay for power when you’re not using it? Indeed, coffee makers, alarm clocks, microwaves, DVD players, etc. all waste a bit of energy (money) when remaining plugged in when not in use.

Leave lights off, and on

It is wise to have a few lights on in your home while you’re away to portray an image that someone is home. However, it also creates wasteful spending of energy. What to do?

By installing a light switch timer you can get the benefits of home security as well as a balance of reduced energy use.

Alert the alarm company

Have a home alarm? Letting the alarm company know that nobody is home prompts a speedier reaction to a potential alarm going off. Often times alarm companies will dispatch police quickly versus calling you at home first if they already know you’re not there. In case you’re going a fair distance from home, consider working with a neighbor to be your point of contact between you and your alarm company. This will help the alarm company and police better protect your home.

What other methods do you use to keep your home safe while traveling?