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How to Protect Your Home’s Plumbing System Over the Holidays

If you live in Bergen County, New Jersey, and have a lot of guests visiting over the holidays, contact Mr. Rooter to get your plumbing inspected! You are less likely to deal with a plumbing emergency if you have a plumbing inspection before the holidays.

When there are more people in your home, then it is more likely that you will have plumbing problems if your pipes already have issues. Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that your winter holidays aren’t interrupted with a plumbing emergency. There are also a few things you can do to make sure that you are well-prepared for minor plumbing problems.

  1. Consider discussing drain care with your family — post notes by the sinks and toilets about proper disposal of bathroom and kitchen items. Reminders are helpful for everyone in the home, and they help avoid awkward conversations about plumbing with guests. You can also have a plumber inspect your drains to make sure they can handle the additional demand and the colder weather.
  2. Have a plan if a storm comes through the area. You should know where your water shut off valve is and check your sump pump to make sure it is working well.
  3. Get your garbage disposal ready for the extra work. Clean the disposal with hot water and vinegar. Ice can also help sharpen the blades. Finally, baking soda is a great way to get rid of odors in your garbage disposal. If you leave it overnight, the baking soda should remove the odors that linger.
  4. If you have a tank water heater, schedule showers with your households and limit shower times so that there is plenty of hot water for your guests, and the unit can catch up with demand. Consider having your water heater inspected if you think that the efficiency is lowered or if you notice corrosion.