As temperature rises, many tenants worry about what could go wrong at home while they are away for summer. Scorching weather and horrible plumbing can lead to bad things when the house is empty so here are some tips from Jim Will Fix It to ensure that your home will be well protected when you leave.
- It might sound simple but make you’re turning off all your power points to save electricity which means unplugging everything from the wall sockets, except the fridge.
- If you have AC control on a timer, set it to be on a couple of hours a day while you are away just to cool down the interior of your home or put it on an automatic setting of around 27 degrees.
- Leave all doors open to promote airflow and if you plan to only leave one AC operating within a villa, choose an upstairs AC as cooler air falls thereby circulating with the ground floor.
- If you have plants or animals that don’t like the heat, move these in to one room to save on your DEWA bill.
- Leave curtains and blinds drawn in rooms that receive direct sunlight to keep the temperature down.
- Flooding is one of the most common problems that people have when leaving their home for a long time. The safest way to ensure this doesn’t happen to isolate the water to your home and once done run any tap for ten seconds to de-pressurize the system.
- If you have a garden that needs irrigation, the pump may be needed for this purpose too so you would be unable to isolate it in this instance. If you don’t have a garden or other dependent services, turn off your main water supply whilst you are away.
- If you are unable to isolate the water supply, make sure you switch off all water taps before you go away before you go to avoid a major DEWA bill.
Enlist the help of a friend or neighbour by giving them a to-do list for a twice-weekly basis to include watering plants, starting your car, looking for signs of leaks and check everything is in order. Make sure you leave your overseas contact details with them and bring a present back from your holiday to say thank you!