Did you know that emergency plumbing services often see a huge jump in their business the day after Christmas or New Years Eve? With extra cooking, grease down the drain, and multiple house guests all using showers, sinks, and toilets, it's no wonder why your plumbing may not be able to take all the increased stress.
So how can you protect your plumbing over the holidays? The pros at Pioneer Plumbing have a few tips to prevent damage to your pipes (and avoid a phone call to us).
For Your Kitchen
Don't put stringy or tough-to-grind foods down your disposal. Things like vegetable or meat skins can cause clogging. Fats and oils are a big no-no, as they cool and solidify in pipes, causing clogs that hard extremely difficult to remove. Use paper towels to soak up fat and grease and throw them away instead. Also, running cold water before and after you use your food disposal will help move extra debris down the drain and out into the main sewer line.
To help your guests with the quality of their showers, try making use of your dishwasher's delayed functionality and only running it late at night. This will help keep water pressure and temperature up to make your houseguests happy.
For The Bathroom
If you've got a lot of people in your house for the holidays, planning out your showers throughout the day might offset some plumbing issues. Putting a limit on shower duration is a good idea if you've got a smaller water heater. Speaking of which, turning up your water heater to about 120 or so will help keep up with demand, but don't go any higher - you don't want to burn yourself or your houseguests.
Using a drain catch will help keep hair from clogging your drain. Nobody wants to step away from the holiday fun to clear out the shower drain.
In the event you do experience a plumbing problem, find out where your main water valves are and try to deal with the problem until the holidays have passed. As much as you don't want to see the bill from most plumbers on the holidays, they also don't want to have to work if they don't have to!
From the team at Pioneer Plumbing and Heating, we want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! See you in 2015!