If you're going to be out of town for the winter, don't leave your home standing empty. Instead, rent it out to short-term tenants. Finding short-term tenants for the winter will provide you with additional cash flow that you can use to pay your mortgage payment, and will ensure that your home doesn't fall victim to criminals while it's sitting vacant. Before you rent your home out, however, it's important that make sure your home is ready for the additional use. One way to do that is to have your plumbing serviced. Here are three services you should have your plumber take care of before you rent your home out for the winter.

Start with Clean Drains

If you're going to leave your home in the hands of tenants during the winter, you want to make sure that they're not plagued with stubborn clogs and foul odors. You also want to make sure that you don't come sewage backup and an unhealthy mess to clean up. To avoid that, you should have your drains cleaned before you leave.

Insulate the Pipes Against Freezing

If you're expecting freezing temperatures this winter, and you won't be around to protect your home, you'll need to take measures to protect your pipes. Your tenants might not know what to do if your pipes freeze while they're living in your home. The last thing you want is to come home and find that your pipes have burst and your home has flooded. To protect your pipes, and your home, you should insulate all your exposed pipes before you leave. Proper insulation will prevent our pipes from freezing. If you're not sure how to properly insulate your pipes, contact a plumber near you.

Service Your Water Heater

If you're going to have short-term tenants in your home during the winter, you don't want them running into problems with the water heater. Contact your plumber and have them come out and make sure your water heater is ready for use. First, have your plumber inspect your water heater for problems with the pilot light and ignition system. Next, have your water heater flushed to remove any rust and sediment that might be in the tank. Finally, have your plumber adjust the temperature to ensure that your tenants won't be burned by water that is simply too hot.

Don't leave your tenants to deal with problems in your home. Follow the tips provided here to make sure your plumbing is ready for your tenants. Contact a residential plumbing contractor for more information and assistance.