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Plumbing Tips for a Disaster Free Holiday

It’s the holiday season with family and friends getting together, and most homeowners are likely to forget about their plumbing system’s preventive care. The increased workload on the plumbing system often results during the holiday season while everyone is busy with holiday preparations. With extra people at home and an increased workload on your plumbing system, it’s crucial to exercise some important plumbing tips to help you avoid unnecessary disasters during your holiday celebrations. Here are the best tips that will help you avoid plumbing disasters and allow you to celebrate the holidays without any worries.

Use a Drain Strainer for Your Kitchen Sink to Avoid Clogs

While we all take pleasure in caring for our guests during the holidays and ensuring they feel welcomed, using a drain strainer when cleaning dishes can help avoid clogging the drain. Using a drain strainer helps prevent large particles or stringy food wastes such as celery and onion skins from going down the kitchen sink which can cause a clog in your drainage. Also, never allow coffee grinds and grease down the sink, as they can easily accumulate and clog your pipes.

Scrape Your Cooking Pots and Plates

Consider scraping any leftover food from the cooking pots and plates before placing them in the sink or the dishwasher. Place all the food leftovers into your composting can, and this will help you prevent grease and food wastes from going down the drain and causing clogs in the pipes or breaking down your garbage disposal. You can use paper towels to remove grease from the cooking pots and plates.

Do Not Overwhelm or Overheat the Garbage Disposal

Using a garbage disposal during the holiday season means that the garbage disposal might end up being overwhelmed or overheated due to the large workload. Bear in mind that most garbage disposals might not handle everything from bones, fruit pits, coffee grounds, potato peels, and many other food wastes. If the food wastes are hard like bones or fruit pits, starchy like rice leftovers, or stringy foods like celery, the best option is to pop them into the compost bin and not flush them down the drain. Lastly, consider giving your garbage disposal a little break. Even though the device is your great ally in food waste disposal, it could break down and clog your drainpipes due to the heavy workload that comes with holiday cooking and celebrations.

Maintain Your Garbage Disposal If You’re Using One

When using a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you want to ensure its maintained because its failure might lead to drain clogs. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid garbage disposal disasters:

  • Avoid letting grease, coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, and bones into the garbage disposal, as they can destroy the disposal blades or, even worse, cause drain clogs.
  • Make a habit of running cold water when using a garbage disposal, and ensure you only allow small amounts of food waste into the drain at a time.
  • When using drain cleaners, be careful of combining multiple cleaning products, as different chemicals may react violently to cause corrosion of the pipes. We highly recommend a snake over drain cleaners to clean a drain clog.

Only Allow Biodegradable Foods into the Drain

You should watch what enters your drain. For instance, all the non-biodegradable stuff in your kitchen should be put in the garbage bin. However, while biodegradable foods may be allowed down the drain, keep in mind that this excludes grease, starchy and stringy foods. Starchy foods like rice, pasta, and bread can swell and clog the drain, while grease tends to accumulate quickly, especially when lots of cooking is going on, and can cause drain clogs as well.

Ensure Guests and Kids Know What to and What Not to Flush Down the Toilet

Most people experience drain clogs, especially during the holiday season, and it’s mainly due to flushing anything down the toilet. It’s important to understand that not everything can be put down the drain. Flushing certain things like feminine products, paper towels, diapers, swabs, or wipes can cause a serious disaster to your plumbing system. These things don’t dissolve when flushed and tend to clog the toilet drain very quickly. You should make sure that your guests or kids are aware of what is not supposed to be flushed down the drain to avoid clogging the plumbing system.

Have a Shower Schedule

If you have family members and friends under the same roof over the holidays, you can expect frequent use of the shower. Having a shower schedule in place is an excellent idea to help you prevent potential plumbing problems, such as clogging of the pipes. When more people use the bathroom, more water and hair will pass through the shower drain, so we advise time between showers to allow the water to drain.

Locate the Shutoff Valve

While some plumbing problems do not warrant being called a disaster, most problems can easily escalate into plumbing disasters when not shut down quickly. It’s crucial that you locate your shutoff valve and ensure you’re aware of how the water supply can be turned off. Knowing how to shut the water supply comes in handy when a pipe unexpectedly comes loose or when the toilet runs continuously, as it helps temporarily stop the problem and gives you time to call a plumber. Calling a plumber without any action may lead to a plumbing disaster that could otherwise be avoided.

Have a Plunger on Standby, Just in Case

One of the most common plumbing disasters during the holidays is clogged toilets. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest plumbing problems or disasters to fix. Usually, a plunger will help you get things flowing again; that’s why you should keep one in the bathroom just in case you encounter a clogged toilet. If a plunger does not work, consider calling a plumber to help fix the problem.

Got a Plumbing Problem? Call a Professional and Experienced Plumber 

Have you noticed any problem with your plumbing system, or do you suspect a plumbing disaster? If you notice any problem with your plumbing system or if there is a disaster, it’s best that you contact experts rather than trying to fix the problem yourself. While most plumbing service providers are on holiday, HomeWise Plumbing and Drainage has emergency services throughout the holidays. Our professional plumbers have perfected their craft and have taken an extra mile to understand our client’s needs deeply. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to receive reliable and prompt plumbing services, or if it is an emergency give us a call at 250.642.7770.