It’s almost time to open the doors to your visiting family members and friends who come into town for the holiday season. Although the rush of daily life can sometimes catch us off guard at this time of the year, your plumbing should always be prepared.
Let’s take a closer look at why it’s essential to create a pre-holiday plumbing plan and how you can easily implement it for a smooth visit without the stress of a plumbing problem.
It’s The Holidays…What Could Go Wrong?
Unfortunately, when it comes to your plumbing, the answer is “a lot!” The holidays, especially with visiting house guests, can put a lot of stress on your plumbing system that could lead to severely clogged drains, leaks, and other plumbing issues that can quickly grow into emergencies.
Is Your Plumbing Ready for the Holiday Rush?
Don’t spend your holidays looking for a trusted plumber after something goes awry! Make sure that your plumbing is in check before your guests arrive! Here is our early holiday gift to you:
A Checklist of Our Essential Pre-Holiday Plumbing Tips
Check for Clogged Toilets
Your toilets should only take one flush to get everything down. If you find yourself having to flush even a couple of times, you likely have a clog in your system.
Letting this issue go during the holidays can create a massive clog in your plumbing system as guests continuously use your facilities.
Don’t stress about a potential overflow this Thanksgiving! Reach out to a local licensed plumber ahead of time and get your system cleared out and your toilets functioning properly.
Create a Garbage Disposal Reminder
When cleaning the kitchen after a large dinner, there are bound to be several people helping out. Make sure that your garbage disposal steers clear of any items that could damage its system.
We suggest printing out a simple one-sheet that reminds guests what does and doesn’t go down your drain.
Some of the biggest food items to avoid in a garbage disposal are:
- Stringy Foods
- Meat Skins
- Potato Peels
- Egg Shells
Schedule Hot Water Heater Maintenance
No one wants to walk into a cold shower. So, take some time before the holidays to schedule your annual hot water heater maintenance.
Sediment removal and a general check-up from a licensed plumber can ensure that everyone who uses your shower is able to wash off at their preferred temperature, no matter the time of day!
Test Your Sink’s Drains
Take a moment to pour water down your sink and shower drains.
Does it flow down quickly? Does it rest above the drain then slowly dwindle down?
If your sink drains aren’t up to par, it’s time to call in a plumber to professionally snake out your pipes or perform other necessary repairs on a severe clog.
Reach Out to a Plumber to Catch Unknown Issues
Finally, even if everything checks out, it’s still a smart idea to call in a plumber for an initial plumbing inspection. This will allow you to catch any hidden leaks or evolving problems and ensure that your holidays stay as stress free as possible; at least as far as your plumbing is concerned.
Keep Your Plumbing Under Control Year-Round With Plumbing Dynamics
Plumbing problems can put a damper on any family occasion. If you follow our checklist and still find yourself with an issue, Plumbing Dynamics is always here to help!
Contact us today to learn more about our plumbing services and schedule your plumbing inspection with our licensed and experienced plumbers.