The holidays are upon us and that means big holiday meals. This is the time for family and friends, fun and cheer. It is not a time for plumbing troubles and headaches. Unfortunately, the chances of plumbing issues arising are higher during this time of the year.
The main reasons for increased chances of plumbing problems are that there more people in your home during this time. More people means more toilet flushing, extra showers, and more soap or hair going down drains. A busier kitchen means more water being used and more waste going down the sink drain and disposal. This includes excess grease finding it’s way down the drain, which can mean better chances of clogging.
You can avoid these plumbing disasters by following a few simple plumbing tips. Following these simple tips during the holiday season will maximize the life of your plumbing and help you avoid the headaches caused by mishaps.
Plumbing Tips for the Kitchen
The kitchen is the biggest holiday culprit for plumbing issues, the garbage disposal being one area that is often misused. There are a few key things to remember when cleaning up dishes and food debris.
- Never pour grease, oil, or fat down the drain. This can harden and clog your drains. Before washing your greasy dishware, let them cool and wipe grease off into the gargabe with paper towels.
- Your disposal is not able to sufficiently grind certain items and they will end up clogging your sink drain. Avoid grinding anything that is stringy, fibrous, or hard to grind. Some of the more common culprits are lettuce, coffee grounds, poultry skin, egg shells, and vegetable peels.
- Make sure you run water while using the disposal. Then let the disposal run before adding debris.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine during the night to maintain water pressure and hot water during the day for things like showers and cooking.
Plumbing Tips for the Toilet
The toilet is a pain to have to plunge, especially when you have a house full of guests. Avoid the stress and overflow with these plumbing tips.
- Never flush anything down a toilet that is not meant to be flushed. This includes feminine products, facial tissues, and cotton items.
- Keep a plunger handy or a drain auger, better known as a “snake”, to handle clogged toilets. Make sure these tools are in an obvious place for guests to use to save them the embarrassment of having to ask.
Plumbing Tips for the Showers
The number one cause for clogs in the shower is hair. But you can’t really stop the hair from falling. To keep it from clogging the drain however, you can use a drain screen. This will help filter out the water but keep the hair from going down the drain.
When the water pressure seems weak or not all the water is escaping the shower head you can clean it up easily. Pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the shower head, and let it soak. Then you can gently scrub the area free of debris and calcium deposits, solving your problem.
Plumbing Tips for the Sinks
Even sinks in the bathroom can develop clogs from time to time. Soap and fibers from towels can accumulate in the drain and cause a blockage. Keep a sink plunger handy for a quick fix. You can also try running very hot water down the drain to loosen up the debris.
Don’t get stuck with these problems. Keep these plumbing tips handy! All of these tips will keep your holidays running smoothly and keep a plumbing emergency from interrupting everything, so you can relax and enjoy your company.