Everyone looks forward to friends and family visiting over the holidays.
However, this is also when the most strain is put on your plumbing system.
With so much involved in meal preparation, and with so many people using
water in the house, it is no wonder that plumbing disasters frequently
occur. Just knowing a few additional facts about protective measures can help
avoid common plumbing problems during this time.
The kitchen of course experiences lots of activity. Cooking turkey, ham,
and other meats produces much saturated fat, which if not disposed of
properly can solidify in pipes and
clog drains. It is important that liquid grease generated in cooking is poured into
a container and disposed of in the garbage. If grease has congealed, scraping
it off is the best option. You can then proceed to wash without fear of
obstructing your pipes.
garbage disposal cannot handle extremely fibrous material, so rinds, skins, pulp, and any
other peelings from fruits and vegetables should be composted. In general
when the garbage disposal is used, it is important to run cold water before,
during, and after the grinding process. This will help keep the pipes
clear of grounded debris.
Having many houseguests over for an extended period of time also puts strain
on bathroom plumbing. Sinks, toilets, and baths have greater chances of
clogging due the large amount of hair and hygiene products in use. Placing
easily accessible wastebaskets provides an alternative to washing and
flushing. Cleaning strainers is also a good move. If shower times are
spaced out, this will help the plumbing system recover during periods
of high demand.
The Laundry Room
The laundry room may also experience heavy usage. Hoses, connections, and
mechanical components should be checked prior to hosting to verify they
are in good shape. The last thing you want to deal with is a major leak
in the laundry room.
The Hot Water Heater
One technique some people use when lots of hot water is needed is to set
the heater on high. The theory is that to maintain the same temperature,
the mixture will require less hot water. This will prolong hot water access.
To avoid scalding guests, the temperature should be set no higher than
about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. One downside to this approach is that the
heater will be active for longer periods of time. Subsequently, utility
bills may be higher. It is important to change the settings back after
Surprises can be nice during the holiday season, but only the right kind.
It is best to not take risks with your plumbing system. Even if you are
leaving on vacation, some responsibilities remain. You should consider
turning off your main water supply, check for leaks, and make a decision
about your A/C and heater settings.
Have you experienced drain problems recently? Is your plumbing system in
good shape for the holiday season? Regular inspection and maintenance
by a licensed plumber is very beneficial.
Contact The Eco Plumbers in Hilliard, OH today for more information on holiday