06 Dec 5 Tips To Keep Your Plumbing Functioning Smoothly Throughout the Holidays
The holiday season is a busy and exciting time. Hosting parties, having friends and family visit, and managing gifts and vacations leaves no time for plumbing failures. But this busy time can also put more strain on your system, leaving you at greater risk for plumbing issues. If you need to rely on fully functioning plumbing this holiday season, keep in mind these 5 tips to ensure your plumbing stays healthy throughout the busiest time of the year.
CONDUCT A PRE-HOLIDAY CHECK UP
The increased use of your plumbing system during the busy holiday season can put pressure on any existing weaknesses in your system. This can lead to burst pipes, broken hot water systems and sewage backups at a time when you really don’t need the extra trouble. Having your local plumber come to conduct a pre-holiday check-up for your plumbing allows your plumber to diagnose any potential problems early and provide preventative repairs and installations before issues arise.
Treat Your Garbage Disposal Right
With so many extra leftovers and trash to dispose of during the season of celebrations and dinner parties, it’s more important than ever to be careful with your garbage disposal. Sink disposal is an incredibly handy kitchen tool when used properly, but try to put the wrong trash in the disposal and you could be dealing with a big plumbing problem. Skin from poultry, fruit peel, vegetables, seeds, egg shells, and rice should not be put in the disposal. Use the compost for larger quantities of leftovers and organic waste, and save the disposal for small scraps and crumbs.
Got Hot Water?
Houseguests, busy events, and increased use of hot water for cooking and food preparation can mean that your hot water tank runs out sooner during the holiday season. Have your plumber pay a visit to check the capacity of your hot water tank, and diagnose whether it’s appropriate for your needs.
An upgrade to a more modern and efficient hot water system can mean there’s more hot water to go around during the busiest time of the year, and can even mean you save on your electricity or gas bills.
Watch What Goes Down The Drain
In the busy holiday season, it’s important that nothing is flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain that shouldn’t be. Make sure that your family and any house guests understand that only toilet paper and waste should be flushed down the toilet. Placing a strainer or grate over drains in basins and on the floor can help to catch large pieces of debris and prevent clogs and blockages. If you notice that your bathroom or kitchen sink seems to be draining slower than usual, make sure you call your local plumber to give your drains a check-up as soon as possible.
Fix Plumbing Issues Immediately
If you do experience any plumbing issues during the holiday season, it’s essential that you do contact a local certified plumber to diagnose and repair the issues as soon as possible. While you might feel like you don’t have time to deal with a slowly draining sink or a toilet blockage, taking care of these minor issues proactively helps to avoid the major inconvenience that could be caused by a sewage backup or broken main sewer line.
Looking after your plumbing during the busy holiday season is easy when you follow these 5 tips for optimum plumbing function.