The Uninvited Guest: Holiday Plumbing Troubles and How to Avoid Them
The holiday season is a time for celebration, family gatherings, and delicious food. But amidst all the festivities, there is one uninvited guest that can quickly turn your holiday cheer into a nightmare: plumbing troubles. From clogged drains to burst pipes, holiday plumbing issues can put a damper on your holiday spirit. But fear not, with these tips, you can avoid these unwanted guests and enjoy a stress-free holiday season.
Watch What You Flush
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One of the most common causes of clogged toilets during the holidays is flushing the wrong things down the toilet. With guests in the house, it’s important to remind everyone to only flush toilet paper and human waste. Avoid flushing items such as paper towels, wipes, and feminine hygiene products, as these can easily clog your pipes and cause backups.
Be Mindful of Grease and Food Scraps
During the holiday season, we tend to cook more and create larger meals. While it’s tempting to pour grease and food scraps down the drain, this can lead to major plumbing issues. Grease can solidify and clog your pipes, while food scraps can get stuck and cause backups. Instead, dispose of grease in a container and throw it in the trash, and use a strainer in your sink to catch food scraps.
Keep an Eye on Your Garbage Disposal
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Your garbage disposal can be a lifesaver during the holidays, but it’s important to use it properly. Avoid putting large amounts of food scraps down the disposal at once, and always run cold water while using it. This will help prevent clogs and keep your disposal running smoothly. If you do encounter a clog, try using a plunger or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clear it.
Check Your Water Heater
With more people in the house, your water heater will be working overtime during the holidays. Before your guests arrive, check your water heater to make sure it’s functioning properly. If you notice any issues, such as leaks or strange noises, it’s best to call a professional to address the problem before it becomes a bigger issue.
Know Your Shut-Off Valves
In case of a plumbing emergency, it’s important to know where your shut-off valves are located. This includes the main water shut-off valve, as well as individual shut-off valves for toilets, sinks, and appliances. If you do encounter a burst pipe or major leak, knowing how to shut off the water can prevent further damage and save you from a costly repair.
Schedule a Plumbing Inspection
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