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How To Prepare Your Plumbing For Holiday Guests

While it is exciting to host family and friends at your home over the holiday season, the increase in visitors can place extra strain on your plumbing system. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your plumbing system is prepared for the extra showers, increased toilet use, hot water needs, and more. 


The last thing you want to deal with while trying to enjoy your holiday with loved ones is a clogged drain, leaky pipes, or a lack of hot water. Below, we’ve outlined some tips to get your plumbing system ready for holiday guests.


Keep an Eye on Disposal Use


Some people think they can put anything down a garbage disposal, but that isn’t necessarily true. It’s essential to be discerning about what types of scraps go down the drain. Try to keep an eye on the disposal to ensure that no guests are misusing it. The following types of food debris should not be washed down the disposal: 


  • Coffee grounds
  • Pasta, rice, and bread
  • Fruit pits and seeds
  • Nuts
  • Onion skins
  • Eggshells
  • Potato skins
  • Oil and grease
  • Fibrous vegetables like cabbage or asparagus


While the garbage disposal is equipped to handle many different types of food scraps, be sure to avoid washing these types down the drain to avoid damaging your disposal. 


Drain Maintenance


If any of your drains are draining slowly or seem partially clogged, be sure to clean out the drain or fix the clog before your guests arrive. The added strain on your plumbing system during the holidays could exacerbate the problem. You can ensure that waste and water flow freely through your drain system by repairing any issues beforehand. 


Inspect Plumbing System For Leaks


If you notice that your plumbing system is leaking, repair the leak or call in a professional to take care of the problem before your visitors arrive. Some common areas where leaks occur include: 


  • Around the base of toilets
  • Under sinks
  • At the base of your water heater
  • Showerheads
  • Faucets
  • Exterior spigots
  • Ceilings


Plumbing leaks happen all the time, and they can be costly, accounting for up to 1/10th of your monthly water bill. Fixing leaks before guests come to stay will prevent you from having to call a plumber out to your home during the holiday festivities and will also save you money in the long run.


Inspect Your Water Heater


The more guests you host, the more hot water you will need for showers, cooking, doing dishes, and more. You should inspect your water heater at the start of every holiday season to ensure it is in good working order. If your water heater is over the age of seven or so, you might want to consider having a professional plumber inspect it for any issues. 


You should also flush your water heater once per year. Over time, minerals and particulates in your water supply can cause sediment to build up in your water heater. A buildup of residue can cause corrosion, which can reduce the water heater’s lifespan. You can prevent your water heater from failing right when you need it most by inspecting it and emptying the tank annually.  


By following these tips, you can ensure that your plumbing system is prepared for the influx of guests over the holidays. Contact the professionals at Plumbing Outfitters for all your plumbing needs this winter season.

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