Spring is here and many of our Go Naples Home Watch clients are ready to enjoy travel, vacation and spend time away from their seasonal homes. If you are planning to travel, it is important to let us know as soon as you finalize your travel plans. The sooner you let our team know, the better we can accomodate your needs and protect your home in a timely manner. When it comes to home watch, time is of essence. That is why communicating with your home watch provider is so crucial. Power outages, tropical storms and unexpected appliance breakdowns are just a few examples of small things that can go wrong. Even a window that is accidentally left open can lead to rain water drenching a room. A quick email or phone call to let us know the time frame for your travel is best so we can plan ahead and ensure your home is scheduled for regular check-ups.
Below are a few *important* things to share with our team before you travel:
Drain the water out of the lines▪An electric water heater can be turned off at the circuit breaker while gas water heaters have a vacation setting.
▪If you have a re-circulation pump, it must also be turned off.
▪Love your air conditioner – It works hard, all year long.
▪Have it cleaned and checked once, or twice, per year.
▪The inexpensive, pleated, filters will do the job.
Maintain a humidity level of 55% or lower▪Setting the thermostat between 76 – 78 degrees usually accomplishes this. ▪Set the thermostat to AUTO-FAN. Never turn the Fan to ON. That will just circulate the moist air.▪Do not open sliders, or windows, when the AC is operating.▪If you have a humidistat, be absolutely certain you know how to operate it properly.
Brush. Flush. Check for leaks – especially in the bathrooms that you use infrequently
▪Always look for leaks behind the toilet, especially at the valve.▪Look under all sink drains in the home for signs of leaks.▪If the grout lines are discolored, you may have water leaking under the floor (from toilet or shower).
▪If you have any rubber supply lines, change them to stainless steel, braided lines.
Conduct your own home watch visit ▪Check all ceilings, walls and baseboards for anything that looks irregular.
▪Spots and stains could indicate wetness or a leak.
▪Baseboards separated from the wall could be a sign of moisture.
▪Clean out your pantry.
▪Old pasta, oatmeal, rice and other grains are home to processed food bugs.▪Remove anything that can melt, or spoil, from your fridge when leaving for an extended time.
With no strings attached, we can meet with you and quote your home for our home watch and concierge services. Call us today! We look forward to serving you.