A clogged toilet or backed up kitchen sink after Thanksgiving dinner is definitely a worst-case scenario disaster — but it’s also one of the most common ways to end a holiday celebration for many Oneida-area homes. With bunches of family members and friends gathering in your home, your drains, sinks, showers and appliances are put through the ringer to keep up with the increased usage. By being used more often than any other time of the year, your home’s plumbing system is much more likely to become clogged, leak or become damaged.
With a few simple tips and adjustments in time for the winter holiday season, you can preserve the quality of your plumbing system and avoid having to call a plumber to join your household festivities.
Tips to Avoid Holiday Plumbing Emergencies
Are you overwhelmed by the holidays? With extra guests staying at your home, your plumbing system is too. With more holiday visitors in your home, it means your toilets, sinks and fixtures are being used more frequently, and heavy use of your plumbing can cause common plumbing disasters like leaks and clogs. Plumbing mishaps can immediately put a damper on your holiday festivities, but with a few holiday plumbing tips and tricks, you can avoid plumbing disasters.
- Inspect plumbing early: Before the holiday season is in full swing, check your plumbing and note any pressing repair issues before family arrives. Hire a skilled plumbing maintenance company to visit your home and perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing, checking for any cracks, leaks, loose seals or other damage that could cause problems once more people are using your system.
- Keep garbage disposals clear: With the preparation of a hearty holiday feast, note what you’re stuffing down your kitchen sink and garbage disposal. Your disposal is a sturdy piece of equipment that adds convenience and ease to your meal prep, but it can’t handle everything. Avoid pouring greases and fats, potatoes, vegetable peels, pasta and rice, coffee grounds, egg shells and kitchen garbage down your drain, as they can solidify and clog your drains.
- Enforce proper flushing: When more people are using your toilets, your drains and pipes will be working hard to effectively remove waste from your home. Make sure your guests aren’t cramming anything besides toilet paper down the drain. Feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, wrappers and cotton balls should not be sent down your toilet drain. Unlike toilet paper, these other products will not dissolve and will eventually clog.
- Schedule shower times: With so many people staying in your home, they’ll eventually expect to take a shower. Ask that guests wait at least 10 to 15 minutes between showers to prevent excess strain on your shower and allow your water heater to refill.
- Invest in extra trash cans: Toilet and kitchen sink clogs are the last thing you want to deal with during the holidays — invest in some extra kitchen and bathroom trash bins to ensure unwanted items are not being flushed down the toilet or sent down the sink. With extra trash cans, you will encourage guests to use proper waste receptacles and not your plumbing.
Is Your Plumbing Experiencing a Holiday Slump? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida Today for Plumbing Maintenance
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida can address any holiday plumbing disaster, large or small, and restore your home’s plumbing system to its functional, pristine condition. All of our plumbing technicians are licensed by Onondaga County for plumbing leak detection or any plumbing related project. Contact us online today to schedule an appointment or call us at 315-363-1565 to request a free service estimate.