Welcome to San Diego Blog | December 2, 2017
Keep your Home Safe During the Holidays
With the holidays upcoming I know that many people will be traveling out of town for an extended period of time and these quick tips can help to ensure that when you return there are no disasters in your home or unexpected energy bills from an unoccupied home.
- General Plumbing: Shut off pipes at the angle stops. This will prevent any leaks while you are gone.
- Run a half-cup of vinegar and water through your garbage disposal to prevent a moldy smell upon your return
- Unplug all small appliances to keep utility costs. This includes but is not limited to small kitchen appliances, laptops, computers, televisions,
- Lights: A constantly dark home can be a sign to burglars so we recommend placing at least one light on a timer to give the appearance of someone being home.
- Turn your thermostat off to prevent power being wasted.
- Close and lock all windows
- Alert your neighbors you will be gone so they can keep an eye out on your place.
- Clean out your pantry and refrigerator to prevent mold and spoiled food. You can either donate the food to charity or give it to a neighbor. Do not leave the fridge empty however; this will cost you in increased utility bill. Fill the fridge with water bottles to prevent constant cooling.
- Contact USPS and your newspaper delivery company and place these services on hold while you are gone or have a neighbor pick them up while you are gone.
- Have fun with friends and family this holiday season!
If you follow these simple tips your holiday season should be a very pleasant one! If you need any help with any of these tasks please let us know and we are happy to help!