The holiday season should be filled with the type of happiness only a house full of family and friends can deliver. Of course, extra people means the plumbing in your home is working overtime. But the last thing anyone wants to think about when reconnecting with loved ones is the plumbing. So here are a few simple tips to ensure your plumbing system is ready for the influx of merriment.
Proacting is better than reacting. As with everything in life: prevention is key. There’s never a good time for clogs and backups, and that’s especially true during the holiday season. So, before you have a house full of guests ready to use your showers and flush your toilets, have a plumbing professional inspect your drainage lines to ensure they’re clear and working properly.
Your kitchen sink is not a trash can. When you’re elbow deep in your holiday feast preparation, it might seem like the good idea to dump oils, grease, and food waste down the drain. But you need to resist temptation! Fatty substances can solidify in your pipes and clog your kitchen’s plumbing, and disposals can only handle a so much food at a time. Instead move your trash can closer to your prep area so it’s only an arm’s length away.
Give your water heater a little attention. Your heater is easy to ignore, quietly hiding in the garage. But there’s no denying it is an absolutely vital part of your home, especially during the holidays when everyone is awaiting their turn for a hot shower. To guarantee the influx of use doesn’t overwhelm it, turn the temperature up to raise the heater’s capacity. Be sure not to exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and remember to turn it back down after the holidays to avoid wasting energy.
Following these steps is the best way to ensure your home’s plumbing will be running effectively during the holidays. Of course, emergencies happen. If they do, Raider Rooter is here for you.