The holidays can take quite a toll on your plumbing. With all the family and friends visiting, there is no doubt an increased demand on your home’s plumbing system.
This time of year is typically more busy and stressful for most people. Adding a plumbing emergency to the mix is not ideal to say the least.
In order to avoid that hassle, follow these simple practices, and help make your holiday season less stressful:
Avoid Over Using Your Garbage Disposal
A great general rule during the holidays is to avoid using the garbage disposal. Avoid any hassles with a clogged kitchen sink by keeping the food scraps out of the sink. Toss them in the garbage or a compost bin instead.
No matter how diligent you are, there are still going to be small bits of food that make their way down your kitchen drain, and in small amounts your disposal is much more likely to be able to handle it.
If avoiding your garbage disposal is not an option for you, make certain to cut the larger scraps into smaller pieces before putting it down the disposal. After you are done doing the dishes, consider throwing a few pieces of citrus (a lemon, lime, or orange) down the disposal to keep it smelling fresh.
Know What Not to Put Down the Garbage Disposal
Fibrous foods like celery should never go down your garbage disposal. The long stings associated with these fibrous foods are likely to cause a drain to clog.
Grease should also be caught and disposed of before it reaches your drain. Liquid fats tend to solidify in your drains and can cause some nasty clogs.
Egg shells are another item that is better to be thrown out than to go down your garbage disposal.
If You do Have a Clog
If you do happen to clog a drain, first use a plunger to see if you can dislodge the clog. Sink plungers are a bit smaller than toilet plungers, and are shaped a little differently, but work on the same principle. Make sure there is water below the plunger to ensure a seal, and then use small rapid thrusts to hopefully dislodge the clog.
If you are unable to clear it, give us a call. Be aware, however, that the holiday season creates an influx of plumbing emergencies. We will be out to your home as quickly as we are able.
Tankless Water Heater
On another note, installing a tankless water heater is a great way to avoid running out of hot water during the holidays. In a tankless system, the water is heated on demand and you avoid running out. Your guests will thank you for this addition.
From everyone here at Done Plumbing and Heating, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!
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