As much as you might not want to admit it, the holidays are right around the corner! This means that now is the perfect time to prepare your home, start planning parties, and maintain your plumbing system. Wait, what?
Please bear with us, and read on—when you have increased guest in your home over the holiday season, you increase the use of your plumbing system exponentially.
And we want to help you prepare for any common plumbing problems before you find yourself facing an emergency. Of course, maintenance from professional Idaho Falls, ID plumbing professionals is the first step toward prepping your plumbing system for the holiday season. But there are also precautions you should take to help prevent issues.
Insufficient Hot Water
Are you using a tank water heater system? You, of course, want it to function as it should over the holiday season—for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and more—all of which is increased when you have overnight holiday guests. To avoid running out of hot water, ensure that your tank water heater is turned up to maximize its capability and to help the hot water last longer.
Clogged Drains or Garbage Disposal
This is an unfortunately messy, not to mention inconvenient, problem to have during the holidays. Take Thanksgiving, for example. This holiday, of course, involves a good amount of cooking and cleaning for the majority of American families. If this process is interrupted, your holiday meal can quickly become a last minute trip to the nearest restaurant!
To prevent this, and to protect your garbage disposal and drains, you should avoid putting items such as excessive potato skins, fibrous vegetables (like celery), and FOG (fats, oils, and grease) down your kitchen sink. FOG is particularly harmful. It hardens as it cools, meaning that liquid you pour down the drain can quickly build up into a stubborn and hard to remove clog.
It’s a wise idea to have a garbage can handy in your bathroom for any holiday guests to throw away their trash. You might be surprised by the items that people put down the toilet, particularly if those people are little kids who don’t know any better. Anything from food, to paper plates, can easily stop up a toilet drain.
Leaky Faucets and Fixtures
Seemingly minor leaks or small drips can be easy to ignore, but they can actually grow pretty quickly and turn into a large expense—not to mention a mess—for you. Even the tiniest of leaks can easily waste gallons of water throughout the year if you don’t have it properly addresses. Plus, leaks could be the sign of pipe corrosion, which should be repaired to prevent a ruptured pipe later on.
So, what if you suspect that you have a leak, but aren’t really sure? Can you just ignore it until after the holidays? Sure, you could, but it’s almost always a mistake to wait, especially during the busy holiday season. You may quickly find yourself facing property damage if your leak is something like a slab leak. Leaks cannot always be prevented, but they can be detected by our professionals with the right tools and techniques.
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