This blog is all about plumbing tips that’ll give you a hassle-free holiday. Clogged drains and overflowing toilets can take away the joy of holidays. So, don’t let those plumbing issues ruin your holidays! You deserve to enjoy a clog-free break. Get ready to take your holiday experience to the next level with these exclusive plumbing tips!
Limit Cooking Oil and Grease
The holiday season often involves more cooking and baking than usual, which can lead to an increase of fat, oil, and grease (FOG) in your pipes and drains. When disposing of FOG, you should avoid pouring it into the sink directly while it’s still hot – doing so will allow it to cool quickly and stick to your plumbing pipes.
Instead, wait for the FOG to cool before pouring it into a sealed container or placing it in the trash. If you want to be extra cautious about clogs and blockages during the holiday season, consider:
- Grinding lemon or orange rinds in the garbage disposal in order to help keep your drain pipes clear of buildup.
- Using a mesh strainer on all drains can help prevent any potential clogs from forming.
Avoid Flushing Unflushable Items
During the holidays, it’s easy to get swept away by the excitement and forget the importance of proper plumbing maintenance. Before you know it, your family is flushing items that do not belong in the toilet. To avoid a clogged drain, follow these holiday plumbing tips for a stress-free season.
When decorating for holiday events, be mindful of the objects that are being flushed down your toilet—especially if they are not securely secured in plastic bags. Solid objects such as cotton balls, Baby Wipes, facial tissues, dental floss picks and other similar items should never be placed into a toilet or sink drain. Make sure that you dispose of these products properly by placing them into a trash can or secure container. Additionally, it is important to remember that flushable wipes are not necessarily safe to flush down the drain either—if you’re unsure about an item check with your local plumbing technician before proceeding!
To further protect your drains from clogs during holiday celebrations, use a mesh filter like Drano® Max Clog Remover or Liquid Plumr® Clog Destroyer to capture small pieces of clothing and debris before they reach the trap and cause blockages further down in your pipes. For even greater protection from clogs during parties or large family gatherings when multiple people will be using bathroom fixtures at once, try using safe chemical drain cleaners every couple of weeks during busy season.
Don’t Pour Cooking Oil Down the Drain
It can be tempting to quickly rinse off grease and food particles from dishes and pans during holiday meal preparations down the kitchen sink, but depositing no more than a tablespoon of cooking oil can cause problems with your plumbing system. Cooking oil solidifies when it cools and forms sticky clogs that are difficult to remove. Waste disposal grinders may prevent some particles from entering the plumbing system, but not all materials will be caught by these devices.
A better method of disposing of cooking oil is to pour it into a heat-proof container such as an empty tin or jar. Once the container is full, securely seal it and dispose of it with your regular trash or recycle it for reuse. If you want to give back to the environment, there are facilities available in most states that will accept used cooking oil for recycling into biodiesel fuel.
Extend these tips for a happy holiday season:
- Never pour coffee grounds down your drain.
- Avoid pouring harsh chemical cleaners or products containing bleach down your drains.
- Avoid flushing items like tissue paper or cotton balls which can cause backups in your toilet.
With some simple maintenance and less effort than expected, your plumbing system can provide you with a worry-free holiday season!
Use Drain Strainers
Nobody wants to spend their holidays dealing with a clogged sink or toilet! Properly using drain strainers can help you avoid this hassle. Drain strainers are small wire meshes or discs that fit snugly into the opening of your sink or bathtub drain. They help keep large food particles, hair, and other debris from sticking in the drain and leading to clogs.
To ensure maximum effectiveness, you should replace your strainer regularly when it accumulates a lot of items caught in its mesh. Cleaning the strainer by hand might also be necessary from time to time – some particles may get caught in between the wires that are hard to remove. If anything gets stuck and blocks the flow of water completely, you should either carefully remove whatever is blocking the flow by hand or use a plunger to dislodge it.
Drain strainers also help reduce odors coming from sewer gases due to their ability to contain and prevent them from flowing up into sinks and toilets. Furthermore, they keep objects such as coins, toys and jewelry out of drains, which can cause problems downstream if they aren’t able to make their way through plumbing pipes!
Call a Professional Plumber for Serious Clogs
For small daily clogs, a plunger and basic drain unclogging solutions can help. However, when it comes to more serious clogs – such as those caused by grease, lint, large tree root intrusion or certain objects – even the most experienced do-it-yourselfer may not be able to solve the problem. That’s why professional plumbing services are needed for these types of issues.
A professional plumber has the proper tools and skills to find and fix bigger plumbing problems quickly and effectively. They can also provide helpful advice on avoiding future clogs. It’s always recommended to call a plumbing service if an issue appears too difficult or extensive to handle alone.
In addition to their experience with identifying difficult blockages, plumbers use special tools that apply water pressure that might be necessary for larger-scale projects – such as hydro jetting or video inspection equipment used for pipe cleaning and locating blockages throughout a house or business establishment’s plumbing system. Trying this work without being properly trained can create further messes and cost more money in the long run.
By calling a professional plumber for serious clogs, you will save time and money in addition to avoiding headaches later on!
In order to avoid plumbing problems from happening over the holidays, always follow these simple maintenance tips and you’ll be well on your way to a clog-free holiday season:
- Check for any potential clogs or leaks.
- Inspect and replace any worn out parts.
- Clean out all drains and pipes.
- Test all faucets and showers.
If plumbing problems do occur, don’t wait too long before contacting your local plumber – chances are they’ll be busier than normal during the holidays. Be sure to hire a professional with our Home Services Effortless Plumbing Contractor Program and you can get up to three bids at once – all from licensed professionals in the area.
The holidays should be filled with good times, not plumbing hassles. By taking preventative action and following these tips you will enjoy more stress-free moments with family and friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some plumbing tips to prepare for the holiday season?
Prepare for the holiday season by having your plumbing system inspected by a professional. Make sure all pipes are in good working order, and have any necessary repairs done. Check for any leaks or clogs and have them fixed as soon as possible. Additionally, ensure that the water pressure and temperature are in the proper range and that all fixtures are in working order.
How can I avoid clogs during the holiday season?
To avoid clogs during the holiday season, be mindful of what goes down the drain. Avoid pouring cooking grease, oils, or fats down the drain, as they can solidify and cause clogs. Additionally, avoid flushing any non-biodegradable items down the toilet, such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and cotton swabs. Finally, make sure all food scraps are disposed of properly and not washed down the drain.
What should I do if I experience a plumbing emergency during the holidays?
If you experience a plumbing emergency during the holidays, the best course of action is to shut off the water supply and contact a professional plumber. Do not attempt to fix the issue yourself, as this can cause more damage or injury. If you cannot locate the water shut off valve, contact a professional immediately.
Andrew Lee is the founder of My Plumber. He has been in the industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience in all aspects of plumbing. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and has written several articles and given talks on plumbing.