Closing up your Florida home: laundry and bath

In our last blog post, we talked about how to prevent mildew and pests in our kitchen area. In this post, the third in a six-part series, we will discuss the laundry and bathroom areas.

  • Turn off the water supply to the washing machine to eliminate pressure damage to the hoses. If possible, clean the washer’s lint filter (check your manual for location and care).
  • Clean the dryer’s lint filter and unplug the dryer, if possible. Use a leaf blower to blow out the dryer’s vent exhaust tubing.
  • If you are planning on being away from your home for more than a month, consider turning off your water heater. For shorter absences, turn the water heater’s thermostat to its lowest setting.
  • Clean soap residue from sinks, showers and/or bath tubs.
  • Close toilet lids, and cover toilets with a plastic wrap or bag.
  • Put stoppers in drains.
  • All linens should be left clean and dry.
  • If you keep linens in the bathroom, keep linen door open for ventilation.

For more helpful tips, visit or the EDIS publication website.

Next time, we will discuss bedrooms, lanais and other common areas of your home.


Posted: April 5, 2019

Category: Disaster Preparation, Home Management
Tags: Absence, Bath, Close, Disaster, Home, Laundry, Pgm_FCS, Preparation, Storm, StormPrep

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