Learn How To Avoid These Three Common Holiday Plumbing Issues

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How much time do you spend planning for the holiday season? You probably create detailed to-do lists for everything from decorations to food. With so much to do, your home's plumbing probably doesn't even cross your mind—but it should. The fact is, with extra guests in your home, you're preparing larger meals, washing more dishes, and more people are using your restroom. If you aren't careful, having additional people in your home could result in plumbing problems. Fortunately, most of the common holiday plumbing issues are easy to avoid.

Clogged Toilet

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holiday season is a clogged toilet. More people are using your restroom, and you can't always control what type of things your guests flush down your toilet. You can avoid any issues by reminding your guests not to flush items such as baby wipes, facial tissues, or sanitary napkins down the toilet. Also, put your bathroom trash can in a visible place. Guests are more likely to flush something inappropriate if they can't find the waste basket.

Broken Garbage Disposal

Pay attention to how much food and what type of food your guests put down your garbage disposal. Otherwise, you could be dealing with a broken disposal or clogged kitchen pipes. In order to avoid confusion, have your guests scrape the food off their plates into the trash can instead of the sink. If your guests do use your garbage disposal, makes sure they know not to put these foods in your disposal:

  • Potato peels
  • Onion skins
  • Gravy
  • Grease or oil
  • Celery stalks
  • Fruit pits
  • Egg shells
  • Bones
  • Rice
  • Pasta

Lack of Hot Water

Will you have overnight guests this holiday season? If so, adjusting the settings on your hot water heater could save a lot of time. Before your guests arrive, increase the temperature settings on your hot water heater. Because the hot water is set to a higher temperature, you'll offset the added heat by using more cold water. This way, your hot water will last longer. Just don't increase the temperature too much. You don't want to scald anyone. Also, run the dishwasher and washing machine at night, while everyone is asleep, so that more hot water is available during the day.

It takes a lot of planning to make sure everything runs smoothly with extra people in your home, and the last thing you want to worry about is a plumbing problem. Fortunately, by taking a few precautions you can avoid needing a plumber in the holiday times. 

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