With Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure you're looking forward to all the delicious food, presents, and fun that comes with it. However, homeowners can do a few things to ensure that their plumbing is in good working order and will not cause a disaster this holiday season!
Dispose of Leftovers
Avoiding a blocked drain is the best way to avoid a disaster this Christmas.
Don’t put your leftover food down the sink, where you may end up with a nasty blockage. Instead, put it in the bin or compost bin.
If you have leftovers causing problems in your drains, don’t try unblocking them yourself.
Have an emergency plumber number to hand, and make sure to check their service hours, location, and if they work during the Christmas period.
Don't Put Grease Down the Drain
Grease is a food product and therefore attracts bacteria, which can clog drains, and this can cause plumbing problems, like backups or overflows. If you have a garbage disposal, use it sparingly and ensure that the sink and drain are always clear. Avoid putting food down the drain if possible.
If you put too much food down the drain, it will clog up your pipes and cause problems like backups or overflows. This can lead to sewage getting into your home or business, which could cost a lot of money to repair.
Ensure Plumbing is Well-Maintained
Clean out the pipes. The water coming into your home is just that—water. If it's dirty, it can damage the inside of your plumbing, causing corrosion and leaks.
Check for leaks. Water leaking from faucets or showerheads may not seem like a big deal, but it can cause serious damage to your home and its foundation if left unchecked. Checking for leaks regularly is vital to keeping things in good working order all year long!
Inspect faucets and shower heads for worn-out parts, which can lead to leaks as well as higher water bills if they're not replaced often enough!
Prevent Frozen Pipes with Insulation
Insulate your pipes. Insulating your exposed pipes and faucets is important if you live in a cold climate This can be done with heavy-duty plastic sheeting that you can purchase at any hardware store.
Use heat tape on vulnerable pipes. If the above insulation method still isn't enough for your area, consider using heat tape on those troublesome exposed pipes (like where they come out of the ground). You'll need an electrician to install this type of device, but it will ensure that no matter how cold it gets outside or inside your house or apartment building, those vital supply lines don't freeze up and cause problems later when it comes time to use them again after winter has passed.
We hope these tips have helped you avoid a plumbing disaster this holiday season. Remember that plumbing problems don’t just happen at Christmas. They can happen any time of year. So, it’s always good to be prepared! In case of a plumbing emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help!