Holiday Plumbing Tips: Keep Your Drains Clog-Free this Christmas

holiday plumbing tipsWe receive an upsurge in calls during December. This is due to homes and businesses organizing large dinner parties. Big get-togethers mean heavier use of the bathroom and kitchen. We advise homeowners and businesses to adhere to our holiday plumbing tips to avoid a preventable emergency plumbing call.

Holiday Plumbing Tips for the Kitchen

Most homeowners know how to dispose of cooking grease. Remember, all grease goes in a disposable container before you throw it out. Keep a few jelly jars or milk jugs in the house for this purpose. This goes for commercial facilities as well. Don’t think your drain is safe just because it has a grease trap. We’ve lost count of how many times our commercial plumbers had to clear an clogged drain or grease trap.

As for the garbage disposal, here is a simple DIY hack. You can partially clean debris from the disposal by tossing in a few ice cubes before running the system. Contrary to popular belief, though, the ice will not sharpen the blades.

Holiday Plumbing Tips for the Bathroom

Lots of guests, lots of food, and lots of liquor mean a waiting line for the bathroom. Include a notice asking guests not to toss anything in the toilet other than toilet paper.

If guests use the shower, be sure they keep a 10-minute interval between showers. The time gap allows pressure to build up in the hot water tank, ensuring the next guest receives hot water. If you have a tankless heater, then you can disregard this.

We Take Plumbing Calls During the Holidays

Christmas is a joyous time for celebration. However, this is also the time of year to exercise caution regarding your residential plumbing. Call South County Plumbing if fixtures or kitchen appliances begin acting up. Our holiday plumbing tips apply year-round but are especially important close to Christmas time.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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