How the Holidays Can Wreak Havoc on Your Plumbing

Most Common Holiday Plumbing Problems

Everyone looks forward to friends and family visiting over the holidays. However, this is also when the most strain is put on your plumbing system. With so much involved in meal preparation, and with so many people using water in the house, it is no wonder that plumbing disasters frequently occur. Just knowing a few additional facts about protective measures can help avoid common plumbing problems during this time.

The Kitchen
The kitchen of course experiences lots of activity. Cooking turkey, ham, and other meats produces much saturated fat, which if not disposed of properly can solidify in pipes and clog drains. It is important that liquid grease generated in cooking is poured into a container and disposed of in the garbage. If grease has congealed, scraping it off is the best option. You can then proceed to wash without fear of obstructing your pipes.

The garbage disposal cannot handle extremely fibrous material, so rinds, skins, pulp, and any other peelings from fruits and vegetables should be composted. In general when the garbage disposal is used, it is important to run cold water before, during, and after the grinding process. This will help keep the pipes clear of grounded debris.

The Bathroom
Having many houseguests over for an extended period of time also puts strain on bathroom plumbing. Sinks, toilets, and baths have greater chances of clogging due the large amount of hair and hygiene products in use. Placing easily accessible wastebaskets provides an alternative to washing and flushing. Cleaning strainers is also a good move. If shower times are spaced out, this will help the plumbing system recover during periods of high demand.

The Laundry Room
The laundry room may also experience heavy usage. Hoses, connections, and mechanical components should be checked prior to hosting to verify they are in good shape. The last thing you want to deal with is a major leak in the laundry room.

The Hot Water Heater
One technique some people use when lots of hot water is needed is to set the heater on high. The theory is that to maintain the same temperature, the mixture will require less hot water. This will prolong hot water access. To avoid scalding guests, the temperature should be set no higher than about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. One downside to this approach is that the heater will be active for longer periods of time. Subsequently, utility bills may be higher. It is important to change the settings back after guests leave.

Surprises can be nice during the holiday season, but only the right kind. It is best to not take risks with your plumbing system. Even if you are leaving on vacation, some responsibilities remain. You should consider turning off your main water supply, check for leaks, and make a decision about your A/C and heater settings.

Have you experienced drain problems recently? Is your plumbing system in good shape for the holiday season? Regular inspection and maintenance by a licensed plumber is very beneficial. Contact The Eco Plumbers in Hilliard, OH today for more information on holiday plumbing solutions!

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