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You want to make sure nothing disastrous, like a flood, a fire, or a break in, happens to your property. Traveling during retirement may be a dream of yours you’re finally getting to realize, but it will not be nearly as enjoyable if you’re worrying how things are at home. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make sure your cottage, house, or condo stays protected when you are away so you can have peace of mind. We will go through these here.


First, it’s helpful to list what the systems are in your home that must be adjusted when you are away. These are the major mechanicals: heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical. All of these must be either turned off before you leave or turned down to save on energy costs.

Unfortunately, while helpful, taking these measures will not entirely prevent an accident from occurring. There are two ways to stop a mechanical or plumbing failure from destroying your property when you’re away: maintenance and monitoring.


You want your heating, your plumbing, and your electrical system to be in very good working condition before you leave home so that nothing breaks while you’re away. If your furnace quits and your pipes freeze, that’s a problem. Hiring a reputable plumber or HVAC service person to inspect them — and repair or tune-up if necessary — is best. At Lake Michigan Heating, Cooling,  Plumbing we conduct inspections and make repairs on furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, thermostats, heat pumps, boilers, plumbing fixtures, and sump pumps. We will make sure all of your major mechanical systems are all in good working order and operating efficiently and safely. We can detect leaks and repair them too.


There are a number of products on the market that will allow you to see what is happening in your home while you are gone and control it remotely. They will also alert you if an emergency occurs. Lake Michigan Heating, Cooling,  Plumbing recommends installing Nest smart home technology in your house or cottage. Nest offers a wide variety of products including thermostats, cameras, smoke and carbon dioxide monitors, and security systems. We advise installing a backup sump pump to protect your house from flooding in the event of a storm of a sewer problem. We can also install water alarms and flood sensors.

Lake Michigan Heating, Cooling,  Plumbing can also be available to lend assistance if a problem does occur and you need someone on site to fix it. We offer programs for an annual fee that include safety checks and tune-ups of your major mechanical systems, and monitoring response to our customers. If one of your systems fail, we will be there right away to help walk you through it.

Every system eventually breaks down and must be repaired, but by installing the proper monitoring equipment and having professionals regularly inspect and repair your home’s major mechanical systems, you can prevent small problems from becoming big problems whether you’re at home or away from home. This kind of peace of mind is priceless to have, especially when you’re traveling and enjoying what life has to offer.

If you’re ready to keep your home away from home comfortable and safe, contact our skilled team today! 

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Daniel and the entire staff are very responsive. I have used Lake Michigan Mechanical throughout the years. They are professional and charge a fair rate. Both Nigel and Brandon did an outstanding job fixing my old A/C unit and installed the NEST thermostat. Well done gentlemen! Also, most recently installed a tank-less water heater. Once again did outstanding work by Daniel and Team!

Lauren M.

We highly recommend Dan and Lake Michigan Mechanical. He provides our rental and personal properties with professional, dependable and knowledgeable service.

Duana & Bonnie W.

Very patient, great job educating us on the issue and explaining our different options

Amanda Z.

I highly recommend Daniel with Lake Michigan Mechanical. Not only is he super friendly but he very professional and knows his stuff. I bought a new house and of course the current water heater died within a months time of buying the house. Daniel and staff were in and within 24 hours of me noting the problem we had a new heater. Thank you so much for great work!

Theodore S.

So we have to get a shout out to Lake Michigan Mechanical. They were the only ones who could come do the repair today, everyone else was like three days or more out. They were really cool and made the best out of what was a really stressful day for us!! They were really respectful of keeping our door shut when they went in/out (you would not believe how many animals of ours have gotten out due to home repair people) and they cleaned up after themselves!! So far the hot water seems to be working great!

Jessica G.

These folks were very knowledge and we love the straightforward pricing.

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Daniel came right down to fix a pump that was broken on a machine and the timing… was critical, he had a very difficult task completed promptly and I was returned to productivity faster than expected. Thank you I’m very happy.

Mark G.

Daniel installed an Eternal Water Heater and we absolutely love it! He was quick and very knowledgeable about his products. The quality of his work is second to none!

Melissa K.

The phrase first impressions are lasting impressions rings true with Daniel VanderHyde. He rescued us one Saturday morning after we tried “fixing” our leaky shower faucet ourselves. Hoping he could not only undo what we’d done, but be able to fix it without it being a major project was our biggest concern. And he did just that! We were very impressed with the pride and care he put into his work; he was truly a professional.

Jamie & Christie H.

Dan and company were very prompt, efficient and fixed the problem at my Mothers’ house quickly. We were very happy with their service and how quickly they could come to fix the problem. I would highly recommend them.

Sarah Z.

Daniel and Aiden did an amazingly quick job responding to and repairing my broken furnace over a weekend. Cheers Gents!

Robert D.

Very professional and efficient job done. I recommend this technician highly!

Regency A.

Professional and knowledge. They did a great job identifying the problems we were having with our boiler. While other HVAC companies were telling us to replace our unit completely, they knew exactly what to fix to get us up and running, saving us thousands of dollars. I will be calling on them for future repairs I might need. Thank you, Daniel and team!!

Eva S.

Allendale, MI