The holidays are a special time of year. A time to gather with friends and family, savor delicious meals, and enjoy all that the season has to offer. It’s also the busiest time of the year for plumbers.
The extra holiday guests and time spent in the kitchen can put extra strain on a home’s plumbing system. And that can result in an untimely plumbing emergency.
In the spirit of the season, we’re offering these helpful tips to ensure you have a hiccup-free holiday season. Read on to learn what steps you can take to prevent some of the most common plumbing problems.
Prevent Toilet Clogs
A clogged toilet is one of the most common holiday plumbing problems. Toilets can become clogged when too much toilet paper is used or when non-flushable items are flushed such as wipes, paper towels, cotton swabs, and so on. Remind your guests not to flush anything other than the essentials.
Prevent Sink Drain Clogs
Sink drains can become clogged when F.O.G (fats, oils, grease) are poured down them. Grease will solidify in the drain and trap food particles, causing a clog. To prevent kitchen sink clogs, wipe off as much grease off pots and pans before washing them in the sink or dishwasher.
Don’t Overload the Garbage Disposal
While it may be tempting to just grind up all those food scraps in your garbage disposal, we suggest you resist the urge. Too much food can overload the motor and cause your disposal to break down. Also, avoid putting hard-to-grind items like bones or fruit pits, or fibrous and starchy food down the disposal. Run cold water through the disposal while it’s in use to keep things moving smoothly.
Don’t Ignore Drips and Leaks
A dripping faucet might not seem like a big deal, but if ignored, it can waste gallons of water a day, increasing your water bill. So, if you see a drip, fix it right away or contact a plumber if the problem is beyond your DIY ability.
Check Your Water Heater
Make sure to check your water heater regularly, especially if you’re hosting overnight guests during the holidays. A water heater that’s too old or too small might be unable to keep up with demand, leaving you and your guests without hot water. Ask guests to stagger showers so that there are at least 20 minutes in between each one. And avoid using too many hot water-using appliances and fixtures at once. This allows your water heater and your drain lines to catch up.
Keep an Eye on Water Pressure
During the holiday season, when there’s an influx of people in your home using water-using appliances, keep an eye on your water pressure gauge to ensure it stays within a normal range (between 40 and 60 psi). If it starts to creep up or down, there may be an underlying problem that requires attention.
Know Where the Main Water Shutoff Valve Is
Know where your main water shutoff valve is so you can quickly turn off the water to your entire home if necessary and minimize any damage. The main water shutoff valve is usually located near where your water meter or main water line enters your home.
Pann Home Services & Remodeling is Ready to Assist
Following these tips can help prevent some of the most common plumbing problems this holiday season so you can focus on more important things. But if your plumbing takes a downward turn, Pann Home Services & Remodeling is here to help. From clogged toilets and drains to water heater repair and installation, our team of professionals is ready to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Contact us today or anytime.