Table of contents:
- 1. Faulty wiring
- 2. Breakdown in the water supply system
- 3. Problems with gas equipment
- 4. Dirt and mold
- 5. Thieves and debt for housing and communal services
2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 06:26
Do not be lazy to check all this before a long trip or vacation.
1. Faulty wiring
The obligatory minimum is to make sure that you have turned off the lights and all devices in the house, which is about to become empty. This will help avoid unnecessary numbers on your electricity bill. Even unused electrical appliances consume little energy when they are connected to the network. Walk around the apartment and unplug the kettle, hairdryer, table lamps, TV, chargers. If you have an electrical panel that can de-energize the entire apartment at once, even better. This should be done not only for the sake of saving kilowatts. The disconnected current will help to avoid problems if something happens to the wiring throughout the house.
2. Breakdown in the water supply system
If the house has a dripping tap or a leaking pipe, they must be repaired before leaving. Even if the water barely oozes out, the leakage can be measured in liters per day. And the point here is not about spending an extra penny for water, but about unreasonable consumption from the point of view of ecology. In addition, small leaks tend to grow and turn into burst pipes. If it is possible to turn off the hot and cold water supply valve in the apartment, it is better to do this.
3. Problems with gas equipment
If you have a private house with smart technology, the problem is solved. It will be possible to start the boiler from a smartphone, then return from vacation to a warm nest. But with old heating devices, you need to be more careful. It is better to consult with a gas specialist whether it is worth turning off the boiler during your absence. Everything will depend on the weather conditions and the type of heating system. In the apartment, you can close the taps on the gas appliances. But at the same time, do not touch the gas riser at the door to the apartment if you live on the first floor - this will leave the entire entrance without gas.
4. Dirt and mold
Before leaving, you need to thoroughly clean the whole house: take out the trash, wash the dishes, check for midges in the cereals, vacuum the floors. And not only because it will be more pleasant to return to a clean house. In a dirty apartment, during your absence, pathogenic bacteria and mold will multiply, which is then difficult to remove. If you start the dishwasher, do not do it just before leaving the house - the door should be left open. Check the laundry in the washing machine, so as not to discover upon arrival that new cultures have sprouted on your favorite jeans. Review the food in the refrigerator and discard any spoilage before your return. If the house goes out of power, remember to empty the freezer.
5. Thieves and debt for housing and communal services
Make sure all windows are closed and lock the door with all locks. If the absence is long, it is better to put the apartment on an alarm so as not to become a victim of thieves, who are activated during the vacation seasons. Another option is to collect all the valuables and put them in the safety cell. Such services are provided by banks. And don't forget to keep your houseplants safe and ask someone to water them while you're away. Check if you have any arrears for housing and communal services, and if something happens, pay off everything before leaving. If you ignored the red envelopes with bills, utilities can disconnect you from the grid. Promo
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