The holidays will be here soon! Are you expecting overnight guests? If so, you can anticipate a lot of extra flushing, showering and sink usage at your house. It’s important to keep your plumbing functioning normally through this busy and exciting season. Keeping your drains clear and maintaining your plumbing can help you avoid holiday disasters. These tips will help.
Clean Your Drains Regularly
Cleaning your drains regularly can help prevent clogs and other drainage problems. our in baking soda and vinegar and let the mixture sit for several hours before flushing with hot water. Do this on a regular basis. The vinegar will help clear away organic debris, like hair and food bits, while the baking soda can flush away grease and fats.
Be Wary of “Flushable” Products
Some products are marketed as “flushable” when they’re actually bad for drains and sewers. Diapers, tampons, wipes and kitty litter are all products that are sometimes labeled as such. In general, however, the only products that are safe to flush down your drains are toilet paper, water, and human waste.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes can burst, leading to significant water damage. But even if your frozen pipes remain intact, a frozen pipe can and will put your home’s plumbing out of commission for several hours while thawing. Here are some ways that you can prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Keep your furnace running, even if you’re leaving town.
- Open your sink cabinets to let warm air inside.
- Leave a trickle of water running from your faucets on very cold nights.
- Insulate your pipes.
Definitely, insulate your pipes. Pipe insulation is easy and it’s the most effective way to keep your pipes warm on long, cold nights. To find out more about installing insulation on your pipes, take a look at our tutorial.
Keep Fats and Oils Out of the Garbage Disposal
Fats and oils might be liquid when you pour them down the drain, but they can easily congeal in your pipes, leading to clogs. The best way to prevent clogs is to avoid pouring these products down your drains. To properly dispose of your fats and oils after cooking, simply leave them out to cool, pour them into a plastic container and throw the container away.
Keep A Plumber’s Auger on Hand
A plumber’s auger is a long cable with a twisty, pointed end. An auger is similar to a drain snake, but it’s manually powered. You can use a plumber’s auger to improve drain flow by inserting the cable into the pipe and maneuvering it until it pierces the clog.
Have a Water Usage Plan
If your drains are slow, have a water usage plan in place to ensure that shower pans and bathtubs have time to drain before the next person uses the bathroom. It’s a good idea to limit the time for shower-taking as well as intervals between showers. Do laundry and dishes at separate times. Limit the time for showers.
Program An Emergency Plumber Into Your Cell Phone
If you’re expecting house guests to stay with you during the holidays, you’re going to want to keep this phone number handy for an emergency plumber. At Terry’s Plumbing, we answer our phones 24/7 so you will have help when you need it, especially during the holidays., contact us at 412-364-9114.