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Harts Services Shares Tips on How to Prep Your Tacoma Home for Vacation

Tacoma plumbing company offers homeowners ways to keep their homes safe during summer travels

TACOMA, Wash. – June 28, 2018 – Harts Services, a top-rated Tacoma plumbing company with a 4.9 review rating on Google, is offering tips to homeowners on how they can vacation-prep their homes before embarking on summer travels and avoid an unpleasant homecoming upon their return.

“When you’re away from your home for more than a couple of days, such as on a summer vacation, there are some precautions you should take to make sure you don’t come home to a plumbing disaster,” said Rich Hart, co-owner of Harts Services. “The last thing any homeowner wants is to come home from a relaxing trip to extensive water damage, high utility bills and thousands of dollars of needed repairs.”

Hart is offering the following tips to prepare a home prior to leaving for a trip to the beach, mountains, amusement park or other destination:

  • Change the setting on the water heater – There is no need to heat water in an empty home. A lot of homeowners don’t realize their water heater may have a vacation mode for this very purpose. Prior to leaving, adjust the water heater to vacation mode. If the water heater does not have a vacation mode, turn the temperature down. This will save a significant amount of money on utility bills.
  • Turn off the water while you’re away – The last thing you want is to come home to a high bill due to a leak, or worse, flooding. If there’s an emergency water shutoff valve in a convenient location, that can be used to turn off the water supply. If not, special tools can be inexpensively purchased and used to shut the water off at the water meter, usually in the yard close to the road. The last thing anyone needs is a water pipe leaking dozens or hundreds of gallons of water every day while they’re away.
  • Clean garbage disposals – Garbage disposals can be a great tool for cleaning up. They can also store nasty odors and bits of food that attract pests. Homemade remedies to flush this out can include warm water, vinegar and/or baking soda. Flushing the garbage disposal before departure means no smelly surprises are waiting for your return.
  • Treat stagnant water in toilet – Water left inactive in the toilet can produce a foul odor and a difficult to remove ring that forms around the toilet bowl. To prevent this, place ½ cup of bleach in the toilet bowl just before leaving home.

Tacoma residents looking for more information about Harts Services can call 1-253-345-7222 or visit

About Harts Services

Harts Services was founded in Tacoma in 2013 by co-owners Rich Hart and Dan Hartsough. Harts Services offers plumbing to residential and commercial customers, and has a 4.9/5 rating on Google. Guided by its motto, We Care More, the company is committed to incorporating a caring attitude into every aspect of the business. For more information, call 1-253-345-7222 or visit

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