Most Common Holiday Plumbing Problems

Posted By The Eco Plumbers

11 Dec. 2013

During the holiday season, your home is likely to be filled with guests. While family and friends are one of the best parts of the holidays, having a lot of people in your home can also lead to excess strain on your plumbing system. The festivities of the holidays often lead to a few common plumbing problems, including clogged garbage disposals and toilets and issues with your water heater. If you are in need of plumbing repair this holiday season, Eco Plumbers is here to help. Read on to learn more about the most common plumbing problems we see during the holidays, how you can avoid them, and when to call Eco Plumbers.

Broken Garbage Disposals

With many festive dinners during the holidays, a clogged or broken garbage disposal is extremely common. However, this issue is very preventable. We often encounter garbage disposal problems either because we fill them with too much food or the wrong types of food. First, remember that garbage disposals can only handle a certain amount of food at once. Cut large items into smaller pieces before inserting them into the garbage disposal, and never overload the garbage disposal by putting food in too fast.

Second, always ensure that you are only grinding the right foods in your garbage disposal. There are certain foods that should never go down your disposal, including rice and pasta, which can expand in the pipes. Gravy and grease or cooking oil can also lead to blockages. You should also keep potato peels, onion skins, and celery stalks out of the disposal. Finally, never grind eggshells, bones, or fruit pits. You can also keep your garbage disposal clean by grinding ice cubes or citrus peelings and running hot water down the drain with some dish soap. If you’re experiencing issues, contact The Eco Plumbers for garbage disposal repair in Columbus.

Clogged Toilets

Another common holiday plumbing problem is a clogged toilet. With many guests who have various bathroom needs, your toilet could easily become clogged. However, this problem is also preventable. Keep a wastebasket next to your toilet and advise your guests not to flush sanitary napkins, baby wipes, or facial tissues. Have a plunger on hand in case a clog occurs. You can also unclog the toilet using dish soap and hot water, baking soda and vinegar, or chemical methods.

Malfunctioning Water Heaters

Last but not least, the water heater is an aspect of your plumbing system that is very necessary during the holidays. To ensure that your water heater is not overwhelmed during the holiday season, first consider turning the heater up to raise its capacity. However, never turn the water heater above 120 degrees, as this can be dangerous. Turn your water heater back down after the holidays are over to avoid wasting energy.

How Eco Plumbers Can Help

While these preventative measures can help you avoid plumbing issues this holiday season, you may still face these common plumbing problems. Whether your garbage disposal needs to be fixed, your toilet requires snaking, or your water heater needs repair, Eco Plumbers can get the job done right. Contact us today!

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