Avoiding Holiday Plumbing Disasters

Holidays are a great time to get together and celebrate with family and friends. It’s also the time of year we expect our home’s plumbing system to handle a lot more than its normal use. It’s important to understand what problems can result from these extra demands in order to avoid any unexpected plumbing disasters. Here’s a list of helpful tips:

When in doubt, throw it out!  Avoid throwing all of your food scraps down the drain, specifically anything that could damage the disposal blades (bones, fruit pits, or hard shells) or create a clog (grease, peels, or skins).  Run cold water 10-15 seconds before and after use to help flush out your garbage disposal.

Put trash in its place.  Place a trash can in every bathroom of your home.  This will help keep your guests from disposing of items improperly and creating a clog.

Avoid a cold shower.  The last thing you’ll want is for your guests to have a cold shower.  If you haven’t done so in the past year, schedule annual maintenance on your water heater.  A flush & fill of your water heater tank should be done every 12 months to rid it of any sediment and bring it back to its original condition. The more sediment in your tank, the less hot water will be available. If your water heater is over 10 years old, you may need to think about replacing it.

At Rainaldi Home Service we hope you have a wonderful holiday season—without any unwelcome surprises!  Should you have a plumbing disaster, please give us a call.  We’ll be happy to help you out so you can get back to enjoying your holiday season.  Happy holidays!