Taking the Stress Out of Holidays with Plumbing Tips You Can’t Ignore

December 15, 2023
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The holiday season is in full swing, and amidst the festivities and family gatherings, the last thing you need is a plumbing disaster throwing a wrench into your plans.

At Show Plumbing, we understand the importance of a stress-free holiday, which is why we’re here with some essential plumbing Do’s and Don’ts to ensure your season stays merry and bright.

The Importance of Professional Advice

As you gear up for the holidays, don’t let plumbing concerns take a back seat. It’s tempting to focus on the joys of the season, but neglecting your plumbing can lead to unwanted surprises.

We’ve received our fair share of calls during the holidays from homeowners facing unexpected issues. Before you find yourself in a plumbing predicament, take a moment to consider the following expert recommendations with us.

Don’t: Pour Grease Down the Drain

The holiday cooking craze often involves the use of a lot of grease. However, pouring grease down the drain is a recipe for disaster. Grease solidifies as it cools, leading to clogs in your pipes. This common mistake can easily be avoided by collecting grease in a container and disposing of it properly.

Don’t: Allow Guests to Flush Anything and Everything

When hosting guests, it’s essential to communicate what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet. Remind your house guests that only waste and toilet paper should go in the toilet. Avoid flushing feminine products, flushable wipes, tissues, cotton balls, or any non-biodegradable items.

Don’t: Use Garbage Disposal as a Catch-All

Your garbage disposal is not a catch-all for food scraps. Avoid putting tough items like turkey bones or resilient skins, such as those from potatoes and corn, into the disposal. This can prevent potential clogs and keep your disposal functioning smoothly.

Do: Flush Your Water Heater

With more people at home and increased hot water usage during the holidays, it’s wise to have your water heater flushed and inspected by a licensed professional. Annual maintenance is recommended by most water heater manufacturers. Flushing your water heaters clears your unit of any scale buildup which ensures your water heater operates efficiently.

Do: Insulate Your Pipes for Winter

While your heating system may provide some insulation, it’s advisable to take extra precautions. Before winter chills set in, make sure your indoor and outdoor water pipes and equipment are properly insulated. This preventative measure can make an impact. If you need help winterizing your home, call a licensed plumber.

Do: Prepare Your Home for Winter Travels

If you plan on visiting family during the colder months, don’t forget about your home’s plumbing. Before leaving for winter vacation, it may be a good idea to turn the water off to your home, water heater and irrigation system. If you need assistance draining down your home or irrigation system, call a licensed plumber to assist.

Final Words

Taking these simple precautions can make a world of difference this holiday season. Show Plumbing is here to emphasize the importance of professional assistance in maintaining your plumbing’s well-being.

Our team is ready to provide the expertise and support you need, ensuring a seamless and stress-free celebration. Remember, for all your plumbing needs, call our team at 281-860-2000. Our licensed and trustworthy plumbers at Show Plumbing are here to help with any of your plumbing concerns. Let’s make this holiday season one to remember for all the right reasons!

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