Preparing Your Plumbing for Holiday Guests and Heavy Usage

The holiday season often comes with the joy of hosting family and friends, but along with the festive cheer and hearty meals is the additional strain on your home’s plumbing systems. Before your guests arrive and the celebrations begin, it’s a wise move to prep your plumbing for the heavy usage to come. Here’s how you can safeguard your sanitation systems —a tip brought to you by the dedicated team.

 

Inspect Your Toilets for Potential Issues

 

A clogged or malfunctioning toilet is the last thing you want with a house full of guests. Check all toilets for weak flushes, running water, and handle issues. Look inside the tank to ensure everything is operating correctly and replace any worn components. If you’re uncertain, it might be time to schedule a quick toilet tune-up with a professional plumber.

 

Clear All Drains Before Guests Arrive

 

Slow drains can quickly become clogged drains, so it’s essential to ensure they are clear. Use safe methods, like hot water, baking soda, and vinegar solutions, or a plumber’s snake to fix any potential blockages. Remember, harsh chemical cleaners can damage your pipes — consider scheduling a professional drain cleaning for a thorough and long-lasting resolution.

 

Garbage Disposal Guidelines

 

With the uptick in cooking and meal prep, your garbage disposal will be put to the test. To prevent clogs and damage to your disposal blades, remind guests (and yourself) of what not to put down the drain, including bones, fibrous vegetables, and cooking grease.

 

Check the Water Heater

 

The demand for hot water will increase with additional guests, so make sure your water heater is up to the challenge. Have a professional inspect it to ensure it’s functioning correctly, and flush out any sediment that could be affecting efficiency. If it’s an older model, you might want to consider an upgrade to a larger or on-demand unit.

 

Educate Your Guests

 

Simple, mindful practices can prevent plumbing issues. Kindly remind your guests not to flush anything other than toilet paper and waste. Also, if you’re planning on overnight visitors, stagger showers to allow your plumbing system a rest and your water heater a chance to recover.

 

Emergency Preparedness

 

Last but not least, prepare for unexpected issues. Have a plunger available near each toilet, and keep the contact information at hand in case of an emergency. Our timely and reliable emergency services can save you from holiday headaches.

 

Final Check

 

Before beginning the holiday festivities, do a final home walk-through to inspect faucets, showerheads, and pipes for any drips or leaks. Fixing these smaller issues promptly can prevent them from becoming bigger problems later on.

 

By addressing potential concerns and performing preventative maintenance, you’re less likely to encounter unwanted plumbing surprises. For peace of mind this holiday season, take advantage of Cleaning Services’ special offer — subscribe now and get 10% off all our plumbing services. From drain cleaning to sewer line repair, we’re here to ensure you and your guests enjoy the holidays without interruption. Call us at our 24/7 line (indicate phone number) for professional assistance or any last-minute preparations.