Perhaps it seems odd that we’re already talking about the holiday season. But even with everything going on this year, those holidays are still right around the corner! The holidays may look a little different for you this year, but whether you have adult children coming home for Thanksgiving or plan to host a couple get-togethers with those in your “quarantine-bubble” this season, this blog post is for you.
Because extra people in your home means extra risk for your plumbing system. And if there’s any time you don’t want to deal with a plumbing emergency, it’s this time of the year, right? Sure, plumbing issues are never convenient, but a holiday plumbing woe is a downright hassle. Read on as we explore how you can best protect your plumbing system this holiday season.
Protecting Your Kitchen Plumbing
One of the most common plumbing emergencies we get called out for during the holiday season, or actually any time of the year, is a clogged up kitchen sink. There are a number of things that can cause this problem. Certain food items, for example, go down the drain when they should actually be thrown away in the trash can. People often hear “garbage disposal” and think it means it can handle anything, but this isn’t the case. Things like potato skins, celery stalks, corn husks, and even hard food items like fruit pits should never go down the disposal system.
Another enemy to your kitchen sink that causes clogs is FOG—fats, oils, and grease. What happens is that FOG congeals as it cools down and sticks to the lining of your pipes. It may not create a clog or backup in your sink right away, but continuously dumping FOG down your kitchen sink is going to eventually build up and create a problem.
One final way to protect your kitchen sink plumbing is to avoid putting anything down the drain that expands with water. This includes things like rice, bread, pasta, and beans. They act like sponges within the drain, and when saturated with water they can easily clog up the drain.
Protecting Your Bathroom Plumbing
Whether you are hosting a party or just having a couple of family members over for a holiday, your bathroom is going to be in higher demand, and at risk of problems. Unfortunately, too many people think it’s okay to flush trash down the toilet. Then if you have kids in your home you run the risk of too much toilet paper being flushed, or small toys being knocked into the toilet.
Be sure you have a trash can clearly visible in your bathroom and set some ground rules for any kiddos that may be in your home for the holidays.
Protecting Your Water Heater
Holiday guests in your home mean increased water heater use, too. While this isn’t a plumbing emergency, it certainly can be a problem. Make sure your water heater is prepared for higher demand by having it maintained! This is a service you should invest in at least once a year.