The holidays are a wonderful time and often very busy. As you are enjoying your holidays the last thing you need is to encounter any plumbing issues. Here are some tips to help you avoid plumbing issues over the holidays.
Be Careful What Goes Down Your Drain
Drains can be very sensitive and if you encounter a clogged or blocked drain during the holiday and can be a real spoiler for your plans. Often liquid fats and cooking oils are the biggest cause of a clog. Do not pour fats and oils down your drain.
Properly Use your Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal is very useful and often gets quite a work out during the holidays. To help ensure it can keep up make sure you don’t put certain things down it such as; poultry skins, various fruit and vegetable peels – potato can carrot peels can be very bad, especially a lot of them. Basically, watch out for anything that is not easily ground up and can create a blockage.
Use Enough Hot Water and Proper Pressure
Often holiday guests mean more showers in the home and the use of more hot water. More guests and more showers can result in cold showers for those that get up later than the rest. A great way to handle this is to space out the showers a little bit so that your hot water heater has a chance to recover.
If your water pressure seems a bit weak while showering it could be a larger issue, but a lot of times it is caused by the shower head having mineral deposits built up on it. A quick and simple fix for this is to take your shower head and soak it in vinegar overnight and then scrub off any remaining deposits the next morning.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
To prevent frozen pipes in the winter time it is important to take proper precautions. Some precautions you can take include the following:
- Properly insulating any pipes that may be exposed to outside cold
- Opening your cupboards to let heat in for the kitchen and bathroom sinks
- Periodically running hot water through your faucets
- Make sure that no hoses are attached to outside faucets
Repair Any Broken Pipes
If you run into the horrible experience of a broken pipe during the holiday season, the first step you need to take is to shut off your main water line. Once you have turned off the water you should be able to locate where the breakage is and then steps can be taken to remove the broken pipe and replace it.
Reach Out to Crown Plumbing
If your plumbing is older than 5 years old it is a great idea to have it inspected by a professional plumber. Crown Plumbing would be happy to work with you to perform a complete inspection and drain cleaning of your plumbing system to ensure you are ready for the holidays and not run into any unexpected plumbing issues.
Crown Plumbing has over 20 years of service experience, we have helped thousands of homeowners in the Denver Metro area, including Parker, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Littleton, Aurora, Elizabeth, Castle Rock and other areas. Our team of plumbing professionals consists of some of the most experienced and most qualified plumbers working today in Metro Denver