Disaster Preparedness

Are you headed out for a vacation soon? Sometimes it can feel like there are a million things you need to handle before leaving the house. Our experts prepared a checklist to follow while getting ready for your summer vacation to prevent water damage, fire disaster, and other potential dangers.

It can be easy to forget about preparing your home while packing for a vacation and running last-minute errands. However, it is crucial to remember that a lot can go wrong in your absence. So, if you’re going away for an extended trip, follow our ultimate checklist to prepare your home for vacation.

Take Fire Precautions

An electrical fire is one of the most dangerous risks you face as a homeowner. The first step in prepping for a vacation should be unplugging electronics in the house. It’s essential to at least unplug out any electrical appliance that won’t need powering on during your absence.

It will also help you save on energy bills as a bonus!

Tidy Up Your Home

Cleaning the house when you’re leaving may seem counterintuitive, but you’ll be glad when you come back home. Nobody wants to come back to an untidy home. Take some time to put things away, wipe down surfaces and clean the floors. If you don’t have the extra time, you can hire a professional cleaning service for deep cleaning.

A tidy home also means lowering the risk that appliances will suffer from damage while you’re away. For example, emptying the dishwasher could help prevent water damage that might occur otherwise.

Take Out the Trash

Indeed, taking out the trash is part of cleaning your home – and it is one of the top things most families forget before leaving for vacation.

Make sure to take out the garbage before walking out the door for your trip. No matter how well you clean the house, your effort will eventually go to waste if you forget to take out the garbage. Your home will become a breeding ground for pests – not to mention the odor.

Turn Off the Water

Remember that you’re just one task away from saving your house from an unexpected flood. Although still challenging, preventing water damage when you’re not home is possible.

However, water leakage can cause more damage than you can imagine when you’re away. Act before you head out and turn off the water in your house. After turning off the main valve, you should check the bathroom and kitchen faucets for extra security.

For over 30 years, ServiceMaster Advantage has been your local disaster restoration expert in Harris, Montgomery, and Galveston Counties. We hope the tips above help you keep your house safe while you’re on vacation. Contact us if you experience a firesmoke or water damage. Homeowners rely on us every day for our full array of services. Our team will repair your property in a timely manner, keep you informed the whole way through and ensure the job is done right.