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Hosting Guests This Holiday Season? Protect Your Plumbing

friends-cooking-togetherIt may still seem far away, but the holiday season is truly right around the corner. It’s a time to enjoy with friends and family. But it’s also one of the most common times when homeowners run into costly, embarrassing, and even sometimes unhygienic plumbing situation—and this isn’t reserved to just one part of the house, either.

But with a little planning, and expertise from industry experts, you can protect your Richardson, TX plumbing and avoid any catastrophes that might occur.

Protecting Your Kitchen Plumbing

If you’re hosting guests this season, it likely means you’re cooking a meal or two, right? And if you’re cooking for a lot of people, you have to move fast. It can be super tempting to take your leftover potato skins, hard food items, and other cooking byproducts and shove them down the garbage disposal all at once.

Not only can this jam up the garbage disposal, but it can prevent water flow and cause a backup.

Another common kitchen plumbing problem during this time of the year is drain clogs due to FOG (fats, oils, and grease). This isn’t a show-stopping problem, but rather one that builds up over time. The problem with FOG is that it congeals and hardens as it cools, lining your pipes with gunk and causing a stubborn clog.

Other ways to protect your kitchen sink drain this season is to avoid dumping water-absorbing food products down it. This includes beans, rice, pasta, and bread. You also want to avoid fibrous foods and bones.

Caring for Your Bathroom Plumbing

During the holidays, particularly when you’re hosting guests, bathrooms are taxed with extra traffic and usage. If you have an aging toilet, you could find yourself with an appliance that won’t stop running or that you can’t flush.

You can also find yourself with toilet backups. Be sure to forewarn your guests (especially those with small children) that the toilet is only to be used for waste and toilet tissue. Too many people try to flush trash down the toilet—only to quickly regret their decision.

Additionally, when it comes to small children, small objects down the sink or toilet drain are almost inevitable. Consider enforcing a “no toys in the bathroom” rule, and if you keep any small objects in your bathroom, store them up in a cabinet, away from tiny, curious hands.

Don’t Forget Your Water Heater

Do you have a traditional tank water heater? If you are hosting guests, keep in mind this water heater has a limit! You may want to have a rule about only taking 5-minute showers or less, to prevent going over that threshold.

Another thing to consider with your heater this time of the year is the weather. The cooler temperatures cause expansion and contraction in water heaters. In older units, this means fractures can occur, leading to the breakdown of your water heater. You can prevent this problem and the ones mentioned above by hiring a professional to conduct plumbing maintenance and make sure all your systems are in good shape.

For your plumbing needs and more, contact Earthwise Home Services.

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