The More the Merrier?
The holidays are a prime season for out-of-town visitors, and, often, household plumbing emergencies. Lavish feasts mean more grease and food waste to drag down the kitchen drain and disposer, and house guests equal extra showers, baths and toilet flushes that can strain systems that are already partially clogged. But by taking a few precautions, homeowners can avoid costly holiday visits from their local plumber. Remember these pointers when you’re hosting friends and family at home this holiday season.
Skip the Grind
Never put pumpkin pulp, poultry skins, celery, fruit and potato peels, or similar items in your garbage disposer. Stringy, fibrous waste can cause big plumbing problems, as it can’t sufficiently grind these items and they’ll end up clogging your drain.
Give it a Rest
Avoid plumbing emergencies by spreading showers throughout the day and waiting 10 minutes between showers so that slow drains have time to do their job and your water heater has a chance to recover.
Call, Don't Stall
Finally, if you notice your plumbing drain pipes are running slowly, treat them with retail drain cleaning products. If that doesn’t do the trick and you find you need a plumber, don’t wait until the holiday is upon you to make the call. You’ll get faster attention and avoid holiday service charges if you tackle the problem right away.