With the holidays just around the corner, it’s inevitable that someone will have a plumbing emergency with the entire family over and a feast is freshly prepared. It happens around this time every year. It’s probably the busiest season for plumbers because drains are clogged, toilets are over-flowing and garbage disposals are breaking left and right.
These situations remind of us of a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Just imagine, you’re about to cut the big turkey, and water starts leaking from the ceiling into the gravy, casseroles, and mashed potatoes, and ruins the turkey you’ve been slaving over all week!
This holiday season, we want you to be proactive to prevent any plumbing problems before Uncle Eddie comes over for dinner. Here 5 holiday saving tips that could prevent any plumbing catastrophes this season.
1. Pre-Holiday Home Plumbing Inspections
Expecting many guests this season? We can help ensure your fixtures are ready for extra use with a home plumbing inspection. This will help you avoid any major problems that could arise over the holiday.
2. The Garbage Disposal is Not a Trash Can
We know you have a lot of food left over, but this doesn’t mean you can throw anything into the garbage disposal. Avoid throwing poultry bones and skin, fruit or vegetable peels, and cornhusks into the disposal. This will clog the unit in no time!
3. Don’t Put Grease Down the Drain
Avoid pouring fats, oils and grease down your drains this season. When these substances go down the drain, it will harden, causing your sewer pipes to clog.
4. Run Plenty of Cold Water
Run plenty of cold water while you’re grinding your food down the garbage disposal, and run it for 30-60 seconds after the disposal is off. Cold, running water pushes waste down the drain easier. Also, avoid using hot water to melt grease because it solidify and clog the drain.
5. Toilets Clog Easily
With the additional guests in your home, your toilets will be working overtime. We encourage you to advise family and friends not to flush cotton balls, swabs, feminine products, hair or facial scrub pads down the toilet. These items won’t dissolve and will cause clogs.
If you do encounter any plumbing problems caused by Uncle Eddie this holiday season, we are equipped to fix any plumbing emergency and are eager to save your holiday. In case of any problems, here is a list of our services that you could use this season.