10 Plumbing Tips to Avoid Holiday Plumbing Problems

The holiday season is the most enjoyable time for everyone. A home full of guests will bring more joy and excitement but they can also bring trouble for your home’s plumbing due to the increased pressure on your systems. The plumbing emergency should not affect your holiday enjoyment. Check the below tips and be prepared for your holidays.

Watch Your Sink Drains

You must be aware of what you’re putting down the sink drain. Just throwing food wastes, or whatever inside the sink drain will not only cause a foul smell but can also lead to clogged drains. 

Avoid pouring oil or grease

Avoid pouring fats, oils, or grease down the sink. These items will create a blockage in the drainpipe and lead to clogs as well as overflowing sinks. Don’t put harder substances like vegetable peels, bones, eggs shells, rice, coffee, pasta, etc. into the sink drains as it may stick and the motor will burn out.

Avoid Putting Pressure on Your Water Heater

During the holiday season if you have a lot of guests then your water heater will run extra and may overwork. While the heater is working, turn off the other appliances in your home such as dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Check the water heater setting every time when you use it. Due to continuous run, the heater can stop working if it happens, check the circuit breaker. If your water heater is more than ten years old, replace it.

Use Sink Strainers

Tiny items like hair or food scraps might seem like going down the drain faster but they will stuck in your drains and cause plumbing blockages. Use a sink strainer in preventing this build-up. Also, use it in the kitchen sink and all showers/tubs.

Insulate Your Pipes

Frozen/burst pipes will cause huge damage, Insulating your pipes can help keep them from freezing in extremely cold weather. A professional plumber can fix the pipes perfectly.

Keep a Plunger Handy

During the holiday season, you might get a chance to welcome a house full of guests, at that time a clogged toilet may create a mess. A plunger won’t solve all the clogs but it can save you from having to call a plumber on a holiday. 

Repair Lingering Problems

Small issues like a leaky faucet or running toilet can lead to a much bigger problem when left unresolved. It can also spike your water bill during peak holiday usage. Fix these issues while they are still small!

Opt for Cloth Hand Towels Over Disposables

Disposable hand towels are a great idea but most people don’t know that they aren’t flushable. Avoid serious toilet clogs by keeping disposable towels/napkins out of the bathroom.

Inspect your plumbing system

A professional plumber should inspect your systems before the holiday. If any issues, the plumbing inspection will alert you and the technician will give you ideas for maintaining the system in a good condition.

Place a trash can in the bathrooms

Having a trash can handy is a great idea as it will keep non-flushable items out of your plumbing system, for instance, wipes, tissues, hygiene products, disposable hand towels, and more.

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