How to Prevent Holiday-Time Plumbing Problems

How can you avoid plumbing problems over the holidays? Between the houseful of guests you’re about to host and the long list of gifts you have to buy, you have enough to do. Take a look at the easiest ways to prevent holiday-time plumbing issues before they start.

Schedule a Drain Cleaning Service

Are your drains slow or sluggish? What may seem like a minor backup right now can turn into a major problem when you have a full house for the holidays.

Don’t wait until the kitchen sink, bathtub, or other plumbing fixture is completely clogged before you call a plumber. Like everyone else, plumbers get busy during the holidays — especially if the plumbing company gives employees time off for Christmas or New Year’s. Before the holidays get into full swing (and before overnight guests arrive), schedule a drain cleaning.

Unlike chemical cleaners and manual DIY methods, a professional drain cleaning clears the backup efficiently, effectively, and without a risk to your safety. The plumber may need to inspect the drain to find the source of the clog or slowdown. After they determine the problem, the professional can use a water jetter (water under high pressure) or other equipment to break up the clog and clean the pipes.

Not only will this service provide you with peace of mind, but it will also prevent serious problems from starting over the busy holiday period.

Remove Non-Flushable Items

Do you keep baby wipes, makeup wipes, thick napkins, or paper towels in your bathroom? While you know that these items can’t go into the toilet, your holiday guests may not. Remove the temptation to flush a toilet-clogging wipe and put these items away.

Instead of rolls of paper towels or disposable napkins, replace these clog causers with reusable hand towels or holiday-themed washcloths.

Watch Younger Guests

If your holiday guest list includes younger family members, make sure an adult supervises appropriate plumbing use. If needed, remind children of the bathroom and kitchen rules. These should include what not to flush (cloths, paper towels, cotton balls, and other similar items) and what not to put down the sink’s drain (whole foods, anything sticky, candy, toys, or anything else that could cause a clog).

Ask your guests with young children to watch their tots around the plumbing. Proper supervision is a serious safety issue — for both the children and your plumbing. With an adult nearby, children are less likely to put toys down the drain, overflow the toilet with an entire roll of paper, or cause other unnecessary or accidental issues.

Clean Up Carefully

You can easily forget what goes down the kitchen sink drain and what doesn’t. If you’re in the midst of a holiday food prep rush, take time, slow down, and think about what you put down the drain as you cook.

Anything large, sticky, or sharp should go in the trash — not in your drain or down the garbage disposal. Along with these types of drain-clogging items, oils, fats, and greases need to go into the garbage can as well. If the oil or grease is too hot to throw away, place it in a heat-safe glass jar until it cools completely.

If you do forget to clean up your meal prep carefully, or an unintended item slips down the drain, don’t attempt to repair the resulting clog yourself. A professional plumber can remove the clog and get you cooking again in less time than it would take you to google the answer, buy the necessary equipment, and try to figure out your home’s plumbing system.

Do you need preventative or other plumbing services? Contact Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter for more information.