There are a lot of responsibilities that go along with owning a house, but because we spend so much time in our homes and become so familiar with these responsibilities, it is difficult to recall all of them when you hand over the reins to a house sitter. There are certain things that most homeowners remember to spell out, like how to care for pets, but other things are less obvious. A lot can go wrong in a few weeks, or even a few days, so it is important to prepare your house sitter as well as possible. The intricacies and details of your plumbing should never get left off the list, or you may return home to a water park in place of a home. There are a few bits of information about your plumbing that you should leave with your house sitter.
The single most important piece of information for a house sitter to have (with regards to plumbing at least) is the location of the water main shut-off valve. As long as they know where this valve is, any leaks, broken pipes, or flooding can be stopped before it gets out of hand. If you don’t know where the valve is yourself, this is a good reminder to find it and make sure it is working properly.
Plumbing fixtures and appliances don’t always work exactly how they’re supposed to, but a lot of homeowners find workarounds instead of paying for expensive repairs or replacements. For example, your dishwasher may overflow on certain settings, but you know not to use those settings. Unfortunately, unless you inform your house sitter he or she won’t know any better, and that lack of information can lead to a lot of panic and stress for both parties.
When it comes to plumbing, especially with things like garbage disposals, everybody has their own rules. Some people throw all sorts of junk down their disposal, or flush questionable items down the toilet. Don’t assume that your house sitter will be equally as responsible as you are, especially if they don’t house sit regularly. Create a list of rules for garbage disposal, sink, toilet, and washing machine use.
Many people forget just how crucial and temperamental plumbing can be, but don’t neglect other important information about your house either. It might take some brainstorming to come up with a thorough list of concerns for a house sitter, but it is the best way to make sure your house is left in good hands.
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