It’s Murphy’s Law right? You have guests and family over for a big holiday celebration thing an next thing you know chaos ensues. You have a plumbing problem. Here are a few tips on how to avoid these holiday plumbing emergencies.
The only thing worse than dealing with a clogged toilet is being the one who a toilet in someone else’s home. Talk about embarrassing. That being said, toilets get. Don’t flush paper towels, feminine products, disposable diapers, cat litter, hair, and other items can clog up your pipes Fortunately, it’s one of the easier plumbing problems to fix—usually a plunger will get things flowing again (so be sure to keep one in every bathroom). But sometimes you have to deal with a clog that is much worse and that may require a call to your plumber.
Be Good to Your Garbage Disposal
Holidays are Public Enemy # 1 to a garbage disposal. Why? It’s simple really, we put the wrong things down them and then they stop working, break a blade or get clogged. To prevent damage to your disposal, learn what you should not put down it such as leftover mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, grease, potato or carrot peelings, coffee grounds, egg shells and bones. Your best bet is to make good use of the kitchen trash bin.
Where Did the Hot Water Go?
It is easy to run out of hot water when you are fixing a large meal and have a house full of people. Keep morning showers short and don’t run hot water in the kitchen when it is not required. It is a good idea to be smart about when you run you dishwasher, do so after other hot water needs have been addressed. You may not have enough capacity to handle large gatherings and may need a bigger water heater.
Scheduling Water Heater Maintenance Is a Great Way Avoid Holiday Plumbing Emergencies
Have your water heater flushed and filled regularly to avoid sediment build-up. Regular maintenance is also a good way to spot a broken part or avoid burned out elements.
After all that cooking, there is going to be a lot of cleaning to be done. Your dishwasher is the star of kitchen clean up, so it’s essential to use and maintain it properly. You can prevent the inconvenience of a dishwasher breakdown by loading it properly. And while it’s very tempting, don’t load your dishwasher past capacity when you’re cleaning up after a long meal. Not only can overloading your dishwasher prevent dishes from being cleaned thoroughly enough, it can cause a flood on your kitchen floor. It’s important to scrape off excess food to keep the jets and drains from becoming clogged. However, don’t over-rinse the dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. The enzymes in today’s dishwasher detergents require some food residue in order to activate.
Clogged drain: Dealing with a clogged drain is a lot like dealing with a clogged toilet. But it could be an easier fix if the clog is located in the j-trap (the j-shaped pipe under your sink). Before you go taking apart pipes, try using a chemical drain cleaner. If that doesn’t work, try snaking the pipe. If the clog still doesn’t dislodge, take apart the j-trap to see if the obstruction is there. If it isn’t, the clog is farther down the line, and you’ll need to call a plumber.