If you are leaving Florida for the Summer or for an extended time, here are a few tips on preparing your home.

  • Schedule your Pest Control company prior to leaving or spray your baseboards with bug spray.
  • Pour a cup of bleach in all drains: kitchen, bathroom, sinks, showers, tubs.  Then follow that with 1/4 cup mineral oil to prevent water from evaporating from the trap.
  • Pour a cup of bleach in each toilet – no need to follow up with mineral oil.
  • Pour a quart of water into your dishwasher to prevent the gasket from drying out.
  • Turn off all breakers, EXCEPT the A/C unit, refrigerators, freezers, and your outdoor lamp post.
  • Set your AC to Cool, at a temperature several degrees higher than your normal  temperature setting.
  • Unplug everything, except refrigerators and freezers.
  • Shut off your main water valve.
  • Leave a spare key with a friend or neighbor in the case of an emergency and to check home occasionally.