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How to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Holidays - Useful Holiday Plumbing Tips

December 13, 2019

Everyone wants their house to look perfect and for their guests to be impressed during the holidays. Cleaning and decorating may be easy but getting your plumbing ready can be a whole different nightmare. Maybe you don’t even know where to start when it comes to preparing your plumbing for the holidays. This article is a guide to help you know exactly what to do to prepare your plumbing for the holidays. 

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  1. Clear Slow Drains

The last thing you want is for your sinks or bathroom to drain slow when you have the family over. If you have people staying over at your house for the holidays, then this is even more imperative. Over time, drains can clog and debris can gather inside them but the good news is that there are several ways to fix this problem. 

  • Vinegar and hot water. Because Vinegar is acidic, it can actually eat through any debris that has gathered in your drains. When you let it sit for a few hours, it will clear out your drains and then you can flush it all with hot water. 
  • Baking soda and vinegar. Because baking soda is a cleaning product that works especially with grease. When you combine this with vinegar, it works wonders with your drains. What you want to do is sprinkle the baking soda into the drains and then pour vinegar on top. Let it sit, and then flush with hot water. 
  • A plumber’s auger. Sometimes, the tips mentioned above won’t work if your drains are extremely clogged. If this happens, you’ll want to use a plumber’s auger. Insert the cable into the drain and then push it down until it hits the clog. 
  1. Make Sure Bathrooms Have Trash Cans

It may be disgusting to talk about, but if you have guests over for the holidays, especially if they’re staying over, they’re going to be tempted to flush things down the toilet that shouldn’t be—tampons, wipes, and so on. The easiest way to stop this from happening is to make sure every bathroom in your house has a trash can.

  1. Clean the Garbage Disposal

 Cleaning up after the holidays is probably the part most people dread the most, but if your guests end up helping you with this, then you’ll want to make sure your garbage disposal is clean. It’s really simple to do. First, pour rock salt and ice into your garbage disposal and then run cold water down it and turn the disposal on. It will sharpen the blades and clear your garbage disposal of leftover food. 

  1. Make Sure Your Sewer Is Okay

The last thing you want to have happen when you have guests over is for your sewer to develop problems in the middle of the holidays. To avoid this, double check and make sure that your sewers are okay. Call your plumber and have them check everything over in an inspection just to make sure everything’s running smooth. Here are a few things you’ll want to look for 

  • Drains being slow
  • Gurgling noises
  • Water from one running into another

If you’ve noticed these problems, contact your plumber right away. 

  1. Use a Drain Strainer

To keep your plumbing neat for the holidays, place a drain strainer in all your sinks, bathtubs, and showers. They keep hair and food from getting in your drain and clogging them. Once you unclog your drains, you’ll want to put in drain strainers so you don’t have to unclog them again. 

  1. Clear Your Drains of Calcium 

Faucets can often have a build-up of calcium which can slow the flow of water or even cause a blockage. Make sure your drains are clean, which you can do by using vinegar and the methods mentioned in step number one. 

  1. Make Sure Your Drains Don’t Stink

What would it matter if your drains are all clean if they still stink? To keep them from stinking, bring a pot of water to a boil and then pour it down the drain. After that, pour vinegar or baking soda down the drain, like mentioned in step number one. After that, before any people arrive for the holidays, grind ice cubes and lemon slices and put them down your drain. This will make sure your drains smell fresh for the holidays. 

With your friends and family going in and out of the house and using your bathrooms, showers, and sinks more, there are more likely to be plumbing problems. Make sure your plumbing is ready so you can enjoy the holidays with your friends and family stress-free. 

8. Have your water Heater Inspected

A professional inspection is the best way to ensure that your water heater last through the winter. No one wants a cold shower. Before your guest arrive make suer your water heater can handle extra workload during the next several weeks.

You will need hot water repair and replacement when your heater makes a strange, unceasing noise when you use it. Water heaters that have bangs, pops, cracks or squeaks each time you turn them on are an annoyance. Heaters with noise are a sign of the heating element's failure to work properly or a mineral buildup. It is time to think about replacements or repair for your water heater when you are encountering these issues in your own home's water heater. 



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