How to Protect Your Plumbing During the Holiday Season
With everyone being home for the holidays this year, it is important to make sure that your plumbing is protected so that you can enjoy this time of year with the peace of mind knowing that you won't endure a plumbing emergency. These plumbing problems can turn your holidays from merry to scary.
Don’t worry, though, the good news is that you can avoid many of these issues by preparing your family, your home, and your plumbing system ahead of time for the holidays.
If you do encounter any holiday plumbing issues, you can rely on the experts at Aztec Plumbing & Drains to get your system back up and running in no time. We have been voted the best plumbers in the area for 15 years running - call (239) 232-2012 for 24-hour emergency plumbing throughout Southwest Florida!
Top 5 Holiday Plumbing Problems
We’ll start out with the most obvious plumbing concern when you are spending more time at home … the toilet. With more people using the bathroom, it’s common for toilets to become clogged. The first thing you can do is to make sure that you always have a plunger ready and available. Additionally, it is important NOT to use anything other than toilet paper, as this can cause serious clogs. Leave a wastebasket next to the toilet for any baby wipes, facial tissues, and sanitary napkins so that they get thrown in the basket and not down the bowl.
In most cases, homeowners know the limitations of their garbage disposal. The problem with the holidays is that with all of your holiday cooking, you may not be aware of the restrictions or limits associated with proper disposal use. To ensure that these problems do not occur, keep bones, grease, coffee grounds, and vegetable skins out of the disposal as much as possible. Make sure you also cut large items into smaller pieces before putting them in the disposal.
Another plumbing instrument that works overtime during the holidays is your hot water heater. It is an important part of your home’s plumbing system, especially during the colder winter months. One thing that you can do to make things more pleasant is to consider turning the heater up to raise its capacity. Be sure not to exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and remember to turn your water heater back down after the holidays to avoid wasting energy. Also, if try to space out showers. This will allow time for your water heater to recover and be better able to service hot water.
Just as you need to avoid draining oils and greases down your garbage disposal, you also need to keep them out of your kitchen sink. Grease and oil are common in the kitchen during the holidays, but you have to make sure they are disposed of properly. If not, these fatty substances can solidify in your pipes and clog your kitchen’s plumbing. So, instead of pouring cooking oil and grease down the drain, after they cool, dispose of them in the trash. You should also make sure that you use strainers in your sink drains to help catch larger items that might otherwise slip down the drain and cause issues.
Cleaning Plumbing Fixtures
During the holidays, you not only want the fixtures in your home working great, you want them looking great too. You may not know that you can use vinegar to clean your plumbing fixtures. The benefit is twofold. The results go hand and hand because they not only look nice they work better too. So, just clean your plumbing fixtures with vinegar to remove any build-up – and you’ll help ensure a free flow of water and your faucets will sparkle too.
If you are dealing with any plumbing issues during the holiday season, you can rely on Aztec Plumbing & Drain for 24/7 emergency plumbing repairs all season long. Just call (239) 232-2012 and ask about how you can save $35 off of your service call!