Avoid Holiday Plumbing Woes
As the holidays grow closer, you may be getting your home ready to host family or friends for an extended period of time. Between the cleaning and meal preparations, don’t fail to remember to give some attention to your home’s plumbing system to divert possible holiday plumbing disasters. Correct known issues now to avoid dealing with that uncomfortable plumbing emergency with a house full of guests. If you know you have a clogged toilet or drain, garbage disposal issues or a water heater that won’t perform efficiently, have those concerns addressed by a professional plumber before your guests arrive.
Regarding the dreaded toilet clog, remember that the only things that should be flushed down your toilet are toilet paper and human waste! Your toilet can end up clogged by the use of too much toilet paper and from inappropriate items that find their way into the toilet and get flushed, like sanitary napkins, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, cotton balls and paper towels, to name a few. If you’re having overnight guests, chances are somebody won’t follow the “toilet paper only rule” so you may think about a bathroom sign with reminders of what not to flush.
Should you give your drains some seriously overdue attention? You likely rely on a basic drain cleaning product for when the bathtub is backing up or the kitchen sink doesn’t drain but this short term solution often does not fix the issue. Scheduled drain cleaning or an emergency drain cleaning when you first notice the back-up, can stop your drains from getting clogged and leading to cloudy water and a smell that you would have to discuss with those guests.
It’s helpful to realize that your garbage disposal can only handle so much, and in many cases, it can’t take many different types of foods and liquids. Be mindful of what you’re putting through your garbage disposal and don’t treat it as a trash can after the big holiday meal is complete. Food items that should not be sent through the garbage disposal include celery, potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, grease, oil, fat, bones, egg shells, pasta, rice, and coffee. These types of items are hard for the disposal blades to grind up and generate blockages in your drains. Always run cold water when you use your garbage disposal and include a small amount of dish soap when cleaning it.
If you’ve put off your water heater maintenance, don’t be surprised if your house guests don’t get to enjoy the hottest of showers during their visit. Don’t forget that newer water heaters are more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 10-15 years old, it may be time to begin looking into a new one to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for extended periods of time. And if you’ve got a house full of guests, wait at least 15 minutes between showers to grant time for hot water to refresh.
From drain cleaning to toilet, garbage disposal, and water heater repair, call the Experts at 866-397-3787 if you’ve realized any last-minute plumbing issues that you would rather not pass on to your holiday guests!
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