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How to Avoid a Holiday Home Disaster

While plumbing disasters can happen at any time of the year, the winter months bring a new set of challenges. The holidays are always a hectic time, so we are hoping by sharing these tips, you can take preventative measures to avoid plumbing disasters through the holidays and during the entire winter season.

Unclogging drains

  • Concoct a mixture of 1/3 of a cup of baking soda and 1/3 of a cup of vinegar. Once combined, it will start to fizz.
  • Pour it immediately down the drain and the fizzing action will help break down the gunk, hair and grime. Let it sit for about an hour (overnight is even better) and then flush it with hot water. You can also pour the dry baking soda down the drain first and chase it with the vinegar.
  • To prevent future clogs in the kitchen, use the sink strainer to effectively trap food and debris from the sink. And during holiday cooking, remember grease and oils should stay far away from your drains. Instead, allow the oil/grease to cool off and simply pour it in the grease holder.

Unclogging the toilet

  • Most importantly - do not keep flushing because the toilet will over flow.
  • Take your plunger (make sure you have a good connection with the plunger and the toilet) and begin the plunging monition with a good amount of force behind it. The goal is to push the blockage through.
  • Be quick and repetitive with the plunging motion and keep your eye out for movement in the toilet, which means the blockage is being pushed through.
  • Make sure the water is draining before you try to flush the toilet. Never pour a chemical drain cleaner down your toilet; harsh chemicals can irritate your skin and eyes or cause damage to your plumbing pipes.
  • If you can’t repair a clogged toilet on your own, contact a professional plumber for assistance.
  • For a squeaky clean toilet, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 15 drops of tea tree essential oil and 15 drops of lemon essential oil. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for 30 minutes and scrub with a bowl brush before flushing.

Cleaning the garbage disposal

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda into your disposal, followed by a cup of vinegar, adding slowly and letting the mixture fizz. (If you have a double-sink, make sure to plug the opposite side.)
  • While this mixture if fizzing, bring a pot of water to boil. Very carefully, pour the boiling water down the drain to rinse away debris the fizzy mixture has loosened.
  • Now fill the drain with 2 cups of ice, adding 1 cup of course rock/sea salt if you have it.
  • Run the cold water and the disposal.
  • Finally to deodorize the disposal, add 10 drops of tee tree essential oil and lemon essential oil down the drain while the disposal is on. Repeat weekly, or daily if odors persist, until unwanted smells are eliminated.

As always, a Mr. Rooter Plumbing professional is available for your plumbing disasters. Contact us for your plumbing emergency.

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