Your Plumbing Guide For The Holidays
With the holidays less than a month away, preparation for the holidays is in high gear. The halls have to be decked, the fridge stocked, and the guestrooms settled. Then it’s merely a waiting game until extended family and long-distant friends come calling. If you’re anything like our team, you’ll be entertaining a full house this. From past experience, we know that the extra guests in your house will be testing more than just your patience. Hosting the holidays can put a strain on your home’s plumbing and drainage systems too.
When the holidays rely on your home, you can’t let something like a clogged sink or a frozen pipe ruin Christmas or Hanukah. We know you’ve got enough on your mind as it is. That’s why we’ve developed an easy-to-follow guide to ensure your plumbing system can handle your guests, so you only have to worry about getting the turkey in and how to organize your seating arrangements.
What Should You Do?
Because let’s face it – the holidays are all about the food. Everyone from your great aunt Carol to your new neighbour John will be looking to load up on carbs and turkey during their visit. When you’re cooking your family’s holiday feast, be careful about what gets down your drains. Though you’ll be making dish after dish and washing pan after pan, it’s important that you keep food and grease out of your sink. We recommend you pour your fat drippings into a container before you place any pan in your sinks to soak. Once the grease has solidified, you can throw it out with the rest of the garbage and not worry about it congealing in your pipes. Make sure to scrape any food off of your plates before you rinse them. You can easily purchase a fitted drain strainer to help you keep scraps from getting washed down your drains.
While you’re purchasing a drain strainer for your kitchen sink, it’s a good idea to buy a couple for your bathroom(s) too. When your family and friends stay over, they’ll be using your shower. That means more water, soap, and hair will be running down the bathtub drains, so pop in a strainer into any shower and stop hair or soap scum from clogging these pipes. If you’re entertaining a lot of people, it’s also a good idea to stagger everyone’s showers to avoid putting unnecessary strain on your pipes and your water heater. This will also conveniently help to structure everyone’s day.
Uh-Oh, Ran Into Issues?
These simple tricks are a great way to keep your plumbing system running as it should despite your full house. But if you notice your drains are gurgling or out-right clogged after your guests leave, give us a call. Our experienced, licensed, and insured plumbers are available 24/7 even throughout the holidays, and they’re happy to help you and your plumbing system recover from the festivities. We’re also available if something urgent threatens to ruin your Christmas or Hanukah, like frozen pipes or a flood. Simply give us a call, and we can be there right away to keep your holidays on track.