The holidays are coming up, and with it, guests. With all the extra bodies that need washing and all the food that needs cooking, the potential for plumbing emergencies increases. Luckily, you can take some simply key precautions to prepare your house - and your plumbing - for the increased traffic.
The toilet may need some extra attention beforehand, especially if you have family coming over with young children. Toilet emergencies can become of the most unwelcome plumbing problems, and you don't want one to spoil your family time. Take these precautions to help prevent that circumstance.
Check the Toilet Flapper
The toilet flapper in particular is in danger from wearing out over time even with normal everyday use. Check all the toilets to assess the condition of the flapper and replace the ones that need it before the family rush. Any other "quirks" that your toilet has should also be addressed since they're typically the sign of something else wrong.
Make Trash Bin Easily Accessible
Nothing but toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. You know that, but your grandchildren might forget. Make sure that you have a trash bin in the bathroom within easy reaching distance of the toilet so it's easier for the little ones to remember.
Sinks and Showers
From kitchen sinks to bathtubs, your home has many drains that must stay in good working order around your house. Extra hair can clog the shower drain, while more showers can mean a lot less hot water. Use these tips to prevent sink and shower problems.
Check and Clean Drains
Pay extra attention to how all the drains flow before guests arrive. Give them all a good flushing and let some baking soda sit in them overnight to take care of any odours. Put a strainer over the shower or bathtub drain to catch any loose hairs. If you've got a notoriously slow drain, call in a plumber before guests arrive.
Wait Between Showers
If there's a long line in the morning, have everyone wait ten minutes between each shower. This measure will not only help make sure everyone has hot water, but it will also make sure the drain doesn't become overworked and more prone to clogs.
Disposals are one of the most common areas that a plumber gets called in for-especially around the holidays. Even if your kitchen sink doesn't have a disposal, keep these tips in mind.
Guard the Drain
Just like putting a strainer in the shower to catch hair, put a strainer in the kitchen sink to catch food. Don't let starchy foods go down the drain. Actually, try to use the disposal as little as possible, and use the garbage more.
Keep Fats, Oils and Grease Away
Fats, oils and grease will all harden somewhere down in the plumbing. After a while, that builds up and, before you know it, you've got a problem. Toss the cooking residue in the trash instead or use it in your cooking at a later date.
Keep Water Running
When you turn the disposal on, keep the water running. This helps wash all the smaller food particles away, preventing build up and bad smells. If your disposal already has a strange odour, throw some lemon or lime peels down it. This will not only help with the smell, but also help clean any particles stuck inside.
Take care of these things well before any guests arrive so you can call a plumber if it turns out to be necessary. If you do have a plumbing emergency, don't hesitate to call your plumber. We wish you a happy