How to Avoid Post Vacation Panic

The anticipation of a well-deserved vacation is exhilarating. But before you pack your bags and jet off to explore new destinations, there’s one crucial step to ensure a truly relaxing getaway: preparing your home for your extended absence. An empty house can be an unwelcome invitation for problems, but with some proactive planning, you can return home to a haven that’s just as you left it. Here’s some tip on how to avoid the post vacation panic.

Preventing Perils Tips:
  • Shut Off the Flow: If you’re leaving for a very extended period, consider turning off the main water supply to your house. This will prevent potential leaks from causing major damage while you’re gone. Just be sure to remember to turn it back on before your return!
  • Invest in Leak Detection Alarms: Don’t be surprised by a flood of water when you return home. Adding these WIFI alarms can alert you via your mobile device as soon as water is detected.
  • Temperature Control: Set your thermostat to a moderate temperature. The ideal temperature to prevent mold is between 72-78° and humidity under 60%. If you don’t already have one, invest in a Smart Thermostat so you can be notified via your mobile device if your HVAC system is malfunctioning. 
  • Appliance Awareness: Unplug non-essential appliances like toasters and coffee makers. This not only saves energy but also eliminates the risk of electrical issues in your absence.
  • Fortress Fixtures: Deter potential break-ins by investing in a security system. Look for options with features like door and window sensors, motion detection, and even remote camera access.
  • Light Up the Night: Don’t let your home look abandoned. Install timers for interior and exterior lights to create the illusion of occupancy, especially during evenings. Smart lights controlled through an app allow you to customize lighting schedules for added security.
  • Friendly Faces: Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house. They can collect mail and newspapers, park their car in your driveway occasionally, and report any suspicious activity.
Peace of Mind Extras:
  • Lawn Care: Avoid returning to an overgrown jungle. Consider hiring a lawn service to mow and maintain your yard while you’re away. Alternatively, if you have a helpful neighbor, they could mow for a small fee.
  • Empty the Trash: Don’t let your home become a haven for pests. Take out the trash and recycling before you leave, and ensure all bins are properly sealed.
  • Forward Your Mail: Arrange for mail to be held at the post office or forwarded to a trusted friend or family member who can collect it for you.

By following these simple steps, you can create a comprehensive plan for your home while you’re away. With a little preparation, you can return from your vacation feeling refreshed and ready to jump back into your routine, knowing your home has remained safe and sound during your absence.

Bonus Tip: Consider leaving a spare key with a trusted neighbor for emergencies. Just be sure to communicate clearly about when and how they can access your home.

Now, pack your bags, book your flights, and get ready to enjoy a worry-free vacation! You deserve it!

However, if you find yourself facing disaster due to pipe or HVAC failure. Here are some steps to navigate the recovery:

  1. Safety First: Stop the source of the flooding and prevent further damage. 
  2. Assess the Damage: Once the water is off, take a moment to assess the situation. Be cautious; avoid walking in standing water if possible, and wear protective footwear if you must. Document the damage with photos and videos, focusing on the flooded areas and any visible damage to furniture or belongings.
  3. Contact Your Insurance Company: As soon as possible, file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company. Having documented evidence (photos and videos) will be crucial in expediting your claim.
  4. Call a Professional Water Damage Restoration Company: Don’t attempt to tackle the cleanup yourself. Water damage restoration companies have the expertise and equipment to safely remove standing water, dry out your home, and prevent mold growth. They can also assess the extent of the damage and provide a restoration plan.
  5. Minimize Further Damage: While you wait for professionals to arrive, take steps to minimize further damage. Open windows and doors for ventilation, and move any salvageable furniture or belongings to a dry area.
  6. Work with the Restoration Company: The restoration company will extract the standing water, thoroughly dry the affected areas. This process can take several days or even weeks depending on the severity of the damage.
  7. Call Bio Pro! We offer a comprehensive assessment of the damage and a detailed plan for restoration. We can work with your insurance company to ensure a smooth claims process.

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