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Vacation-proofing your home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

If you're planning a trip out of town this spring and summer pay close attention it might be a good to get your home in vacation shape before you leave. It involves more than stopping the newspaper and mail delivery.

Tracy O'Hara is like most of us. When she leaves on a trip with her family she makes sure the coffee maker is unplugged, leaves a light on and checks the doors three times to make sure they are locked.

But wait, what about the plumbing?

"Well most people like you say don't think about plumbing, they think about the swimming pool, turning those appliances off," said Allen Wilson of A & K Plumbing Co. "That's always important because you want to be able to go on your vacation and relax. You don't want to worry about anything."

Wilson says the first line of defense in waterproofing your house starts at the street by turning off the main water supply to your home.

"This is your water meter out front that you want to ... some remove the top, some you can just open up," he said. "This is the typical water key you can find at Lowe's or Home Depot that turns the water on and off. You place it on the stop down here.

Wilson also suggest you turn off all appliances and check the hoses to the refrigerator. You can even set your gas water heater to vacation mode. Wilson also suggests unplugging the electric water heater of turn the breaker off to the water heater.

"We came back (from vacation) and our water heater was leaking," O'Hara recalled. "It came out the side of the house. But it could have been worse."

Check out this link for getting your home ready for a vacation.

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