Prevent a Plumbing Emergency this Holiday Season

Prevent a Plumbing Emergency this Holiday Season

The holidays are approaching quickly. While this means delicious food, fun festivities, and extra house guests, it can also mean a plumbing emergency.

The last thing a host wants to endure while entertaining guests is a clogged toilet or a backed-up kitchen sink. To save you the added frustration, we would like to offer some simple preventative tips.

Clogged Toilets can be a big problem during the holidays. A good preventative measure to take is simply by placing a wastebasket in every bathroom. This will deter guests from being tempted to flush objects that do not belong in your bathroom plumbing, such as facial tissues, baby wipes, cotton swabs, and paper towels.

Clogged sinks and/ or disposals can be just as distressing during the holidays. To unclog the drain, first try using a sink plunger. If that doesn’t work, try pouring hot or near-boiling water down the drain. In needed, an organic clog buster can be used with a combination of baking soda and hot water. (We advise against using products like Drano due to the toxic chemicals in it that can damage drain pipes). Keep in mind that most drain clogs can be easily prevented.

Here on some tips on what you should not put down your garbage disposal:

  •   Pasta or rice (these can expand in your pipes and create blockage)
  •   Potato peels
  •   Egg shells
  •   Bones
  •   Coffee grounds
  •   Gravy
  •   Fruit pits
  •   Cigarette butts
  •   Hard-to-grind, stringy, fibrous waste such as poultry skins, carrots, celery, etc.

Some additional tips to avoid a clogged sink or disposal:

  •   Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain (liquid fats solidify and create clogs)
  •   Cut larger items into smaller pieces first and pout in one at a time
  •   Keep the disposal smelling fresh by running lemon, orange or other citrus peelings
  •   Have a good flow of water running before, during, and after you run your disposal

Your water heater will also most likely have more strain on it during this time. A good tip is to turn up your water heater to increase its capacity (do not exceed 125˚F). Just remember to turn it back down after everyone leaves so you don’t waste energy.

We would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. If, however, you will need a plumber, just call My Personal Plumber at (407) 797-1900. We are here for you 24/7.

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