Preventative Plumbing Maintenance for the Holidays
When the holidays roll around, making sure your guests are comfortable is high on your list. Some of the things that can hinder a nice visit are clogged toilets, running out of hot water, and broken garbage disposals.
While some of us may be traveling to visit relatives, the rest of us will be hosting the celebration. When you are spending time with family and friends, the last thing you want to deal with is a plumbing emergency.
The best way to prevent plumbing problems for the holidays is by scheduling a plumbing tune-up from a certified professional. Contact Sobieski Services for comprehensive plumbing tune-ups and 24/7 emergency service in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Learn how to prevent plumbing problems over the holidays with these tips and tricks:
Get Your Bathroom Ready
Residential toilets are pretty simple, but there are a number of problems that could arise. Whether it’s a slight leak or a more serious issue, it’s important to fix the problem before your guests arrive. If you cannot fix the toilet yourself, contact a plumber right way to prevent future damage and avoid a plumbing disaster.
Common toilet problems include:
- Trouble flushing waste in a single flush
- Frequent clogs
- Loud sounds
- Water leaking from the tank into the toilet bowl
- Cracks in any part of the toilet
- A wobbly toilet
- Water that runs continuously
Here are some ways you can maintain a clean, functioning toilet through the holidays:
- Clean the entire bathroom and toilet. Consider cleaning the rim jets inside your toilet bowl. Use a handheld mirror to see where they are located, then clean them out with a wire hanger.
- Switch to single-ply toilet paper. Your guests are used to their own toilets and may use more toilet paper than you do. The plush two-, three-, and four-ply varieties take longer to break down and are the cause of many toilet clogs.
- Stock up on toilet paper and other bathroom supplies. Make sure the toilet paper is easily accessible for your guests. You should also have toilet bowl cleaner, soap, and dry towels or disposable towels. Consider breath mints, lotion, tissues, and single-use floss as well.
- Buy a quality plunger with an extension flange. Keep the plunger handy for your guests.
- Remove anything you don’t want your guests to have access to, such as medications.
- Fix a toilet that keeps running.
- Make sure the water supply is opened all the way. You will get a better flush if your water supply is fully open. This is the silver knob located behind the toilet.
Prevent Garbage Disposal Problems
Garbage disposals get a lot of use over the holidays. You can help prevent garbage disposal problems for the holidays, by following these tips:
- Consult your owner’s manual to learn proper operation steps and what can and cannot be put down a garbage disposal. As a general rule avoid putting any of these items in a garbage disposal or drain:
- Fat, oil, or grease
- Coffee grounds and eggshells
- Large bones
- Nuts and Shells
- Trash and inorganic material
- Fibrous vegetables
- Potato peels
- Corn husks
- Don’t allow guests to use the garbage disposal. If you do enlist help with cleaning up the dishes, restrict it to one or two people and instruct them to scrape off dishes into the trash instead of the garbage disposal to be safe.
- Grind some ice cubes and lime wedges to clean and freshen the disposal. Your garbage disposal may require more intense cleaning, but a quick way to freshen it up is by grinding some ice cubes and citrus wedges.
Maintain Your Drains
You can try to clear your drains with plungers, drain snakes, and a combination of ½ cup baking soda to ¼ cup white vinegar, but sometimes clogs require the services of a professional plumber. If you can’t clear your drains before the guests arrive, contact Sobieski Services for plumbing and drain services throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
To help prevent drain clogs, we recommend using mesh strainers for every shower, tub, and kitchen drain in your home. Strainers can prevent foreign or unwanted items from going down your drains, including hair, food, and even cotton balls and Q-tips (not to mention the occasional toy or Lego piece).
Make Sure Water Heater Can Handle the Extra Load
You don’t want your guests to expect a nice, warm and toasty shower, only to be jolted by a strong burst of ice-cold water. If your home needs an inspection of your existing hot water heater system, the trained professionals at Sobieski Services can help.
If your hot water heater isn’t working efficiently, there are newer hot water heaters available that offer larger tanks, as well as offering outstanding energy efficiency to help save on your energy bills. One of the newer advancements is a tankless hot water heater that can provide instant hot water without the wait for traditional water heaters.
Have the professionals at Sobieski Services inspect your water heater before the holidays to help you plan for the extra guests and strain on your water heating system.
Sobieski Services Is On Call for the Holidays
Sobieski Services wants you to have a festive holiday season without having to worry about your home’s plumbing and heating systems. If you have followed these plumbing tips, but a problem still arises this December and you have a plumbing or heating emergency, the Sobieski team is on call 24/7 to meet your residential plumbing and heating needs.
Sobieski Services is available 24/7 for all your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.