With the holidays drawing ever nearer, your home’s plumbing is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, clogged pipes and backed up drains become quite common during festive days in Loomis CA and everywhere else across the region. If you are inviting over relatives to your home, you might want to plan ahead to avoid plumbing disasters. Here are some tips from the experts.
Check on Your Toilets Beforehand
During the holidays your pipes will get excess work with time off from work and the additional relatives and friends coming over. If you are hosting this year, expect that your bathrooms will get used more frequently. That’s maybe 4 to 5 times your average trips to the toilet. Before the holidays, make sure that your plumbing is in good condition so you can prevent problems like backed up toilets. Have your trusted plumber check and repair problems with the flush and even the water pressure especially if you have multiple bathrooms in the house. While you’re at it, looking at your water heater is also a good idea.
Don’t Flush Everything Down
Interestingly, things that don’t belong in the toilet do end up in the toilet. Plumbers can’t stress this enough but things like diapers, tampons and toilet paper wrappings should not get flushed down. Toys and jewelry also end up clogging toilets and sink more commonly than you think. Simple precautions like taking off your engagement ring when washing the dishes and warning kids not to take their playthings to the loo with them can easily help with this particular problem.
Watch What You Put Down the Drain
Garbage disposals are standard in homes today. And while they’re very reliable, plumbers would recommend being careful when using it. There’s only so much leftovers your garbage disposal can take. In fact, a broken down garbage disposal is among the most common complaints during Thanksgiving. Know what you should avoid putting through the disposal. Here are some examples: turkey bones, grease or fat, corn husks, egg shells, potato skins, and onion peelings. Sure, the garbage disposal will be able to grind these all down, but you risk having it turn into paste that will sit snugly in the pipes and inevitably cause a clog.
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