A clogged toilet after Christmas dinner is a surefire disaster. If you are hosting a large group of friends or family during this holiday season, the last thing you want to deal with is a major plumbing issue. Unfortunately, due to all the activity in your home during this time, your toilets, sinks, showers, and other appliances are under unusual strain. You want to avoid this holiday woe for as long as you can.
Luckily, there are a few simple tips that you can use to avoid plumbing emergencies during this year’s holidays.
Prepare Your Plumbing
The best way to ensure plumbing success during your family gathering is to identify and repair issues before your family arrives. Invest in a plumbing inspection from Mr. Rooter Everett or perform one yourself. Make sure to check your pipes for any cracks, leaks, loose seals, or other damage. If you find any issues, repair them immediately.
Watch Your Drains
When preparing your lavish holiday feasts, be mindful of what you’re putting down your kitchen sink. Never pour any fats, oils, or grease down the sink – instead, reserve the grease in a jar and dispose of later. These substances can solidify and clog your drains.
In addition, be careful not to overuse your garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal is not a trash can. Avoid putting any small, fibrous, or hard-to-grind foods down the drain. Examples include rice, pasta, vegetable peels, or bones.
With multiple people using your toilet, your pipes will be working harder than any other time of the year. Remind your guests to be mindful of what they flush down the toilet. Only toilet paper should go down the drain. Any feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, wrappers, cotton balls, and other paper products should not go down the toilet. These will not dissolve and will cause clogs.
Respect Your Shower
Multiple people taking showers back to back can put dangerous pressure on this fixture. Have your family members wait at least 10 minutes between each shower to avoid this constant pressure.
Did too much turkey cause a back-up in your pipes this holiday season? Mr. Rooter Plumbing can help restore your plumbing. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our Everett, Washington area specialists.