If you plan on hosting people at your home this holiday season, then the last thing you want to deal with is a plumbing emergency. Let’s be honest, plumbing troubles can be very draining – no pun intended. Luckily, there are ways you can avoid this! Here are some tips to avoid a plumbing emergency this holiday season.

1. Don’t Put THAT Down The Drain

With all the cooking going on this month, kitchen sinks usually take a hit. More food waste being sent down the garbage disposal often means more drain clogs are likely to occur. To avoid clogs this holiday, make sure you don’t put certain items down the drain. For example, the following items never belong down the drain:
  • Grease, Fat and Oil
  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Pits and Seeds
  • Rice and Pasta
  • Poultry Skins
  • Potato Peels
  • Fibrous Foods
  • Coffee Grounds

2. Use Your Garbage Disposal Correctly

As mentioned briefly above, putting certain items down the drain can really wreak havoc on your plumbing. Contrary to popular belief, a garbage disposal isn’t a replacement for a garbage can. It may be easier to toss leftovers down the drain, but we strongly advise against this. You should always throw leftovers in the trash or compost pile to avoid clogging your drains. Garbage disposals are designed to grind up small bits of food. You want to make sure you are always using cold water when your garbage disposal is turned on, and only grinding up waste that won’t clog or damage your unit.

3. Create A Shower Schedule With Guests

If you’re hosting lots of guests this winter, your water heater could experience some problems. That’s why it’s recommended you wait 10-15 minutes usually in between showers. Creating a shower schedule can ensure your guests don’t step into an ice cold, uncomfortable stream of water – and your water heater tank has time to refill. 

4. Prepare Your Bathroom

It’s important to make sure your plumbing is ready to handle more people than usual. Let your guests know what is safe to put down your toilet and what is not. The last thing you want is for a clogged toilet to ruin Thanksgiving! Not only that, but you should also equip your bathroom with essentials – like a plunger just in case. Also, consider putting away the “flushable” wipes for now. Even though they are considered flushable, they’re not readily biodegradable in your sewer system and can cause clogs. 

5. Schedule Plumbing Maintenance

Scheduling plumbing maintenance before you have a house full of guests this holiday is a great way to help you avoid a plumbing emergency. Your plumber will be able to catch problems early and offer solutions to fix them before they really cost you – in more ways than one! Make sure to schedule yours today.

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