One of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with family and friends. However large groups of people can sometimes lead to plumbing disasters. Luckily though, a little preparation can help you avoid plumbing emergencies during the holidays. Read on to learn what you can do to keep your plumbing system safe.
Prepare the Bathroom
The bathroom is a heavily used area of the home during the holiday season. The high amount of usage can cause issues within your plumbing system. Before guest come over, check your toilets and sinks. How are the drains flowing? Are the toilets continually running? If so, call a licensed plumbing company to assist. That way a licensed technician can diagnosis the concerns, go over available repair options and hopefully make the repairs same day to try and prevent future issues. Also, let your guest know to only flush toilet paper down the drain. Feminine products, flushable wipes and paper towels need to be properly disposed of in the trash. This will help protect your plumbing and fixtures from having issues when there is an increase in usage within your bathroom drain lines.
Be Careful With Your Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal is a huge help when preparing food, especially for a large group. However, garbage disposals can only process certain items. Heavy food waste such as grease, potato peels, coffee grinds and pasta are better suited for the trash over your disposal. When you are utilizing your garbage disposal during the holidays, give it some extra time to run with the water on. This will try to clear out any remaining food that sitting inside the unit or drains.
Water Heater Inspection
With it being the holiday season most likely that also means temperatures are changing and continuing to drop. That being said, check your water heater before the holidays. If it’s been awhile since you have had your unit flushed or maintenance, call a licensed technician to get that performed and your water heater inspected. This is almost like preventative maintenance and allows a licensed technician to inspect the water heater and let you know of any concerns before guest arrive. This helps you try to avoid a plumbing emergency.
Need Emergency Help?
Plumbing emergencies can happen, even to those who are well-prepared. If you have a plumbing issue this holiday season, call Show Plumbing at 281-860-2000. We offer 24/7 emergency support for all of your plumbing needs. Service is just a call away!