Preparing Your Plumbing for the Holidays – Quickie for Thanksgiving
While you’re getting your home ready for the upcoming holidays, the farthest thing from your mind is what is happening with your plumbing. The truth is, plumbing companies see a significant upturn in emergency service calls during the holiday season. The simple reason for that upturn is how much more use our plumbing fixtures get while we prepare for and entertain guests in our home.
Use Thanksgiving As a “Test Run” For the Holiday Season
The first big adventure of your holiday season is usually Thanksgiving. If you notice your drains are clearing slower than usual, or your water heater isn’t doing a thorough enough job to cover the extra showers and dishwashing, it might be a good time for a plumbing inspection or a drain cleaning service.
Clear Slow Drains, Clean Kitchen Drains
Slow drains are a nuisance and are almost always a sign that your drain pipes need attention. Using a plunger in a slow running drain may be enough to dislodge the clog and solve the problem for now, but you may want to investigate using an organic drain cleaner to help clear your pipes. Installing a new drain strainer in your kitchen sink is an inexpensive way to help prevent clogs over the busy holiday season.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Give your garbage disposal a good cleaning before preparing your holiday meals. Pour one cup of white vinegar into your drain, allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes, then completely flush with hot water for an additional minute or so. This process will get rid of built-up grease and other debris that has found its way into your garbage disposal and leaves you less susceptible to clogs this holiday season.
Don’t Put Everything in the Garbage Disposal
It really is that simple. Some things are just not meant to be put down the garbage disposal. We all know (through education or experience) that silverware, children, and pets are absolute “no-no’s” when it comes to the garbage disposal, but what about these turkey bones and four cups of bacon fat? Well, that too would be a problem for your garbage disposal and are also not recommended. A good rule of thumb to follow would be “if it looks like it shouldn’t go into the garbage disposal, don’t put it there.”
Check That All Toilets are Flushing Properly
The bathrooms are going to be getting a lot more use than normal, particularly the powder room. Check all toilets in your home for signs of leaks, and make sure they are all flushing properly. Don’t forget to place a garbage can in each bathroom for paper towels and other “un-flushables” that can wreak havoc on your plumbing.
This time of year is best spent enjoying the company of family and friends. No one wants to invite the plumber over for Christmas dinner. Following these few simple tips can help prevent a holiday plumbing emergency and ensure no one will put coal in your stocking because of a cold shower.