Plumbing Prep for the Holidays

Plumbing Prep for the Holidays

Did you know? Black Friday is the day plumbers are most in-demand. It's the busiest day of the year for household plumbing failures, and costly water damage repairs.

Plumbing failures can quickly release hundreds of gallons of water into your home. Your big turkey day meal prep and cleanup can put a lot of extra strain on your garbage disposal and kitchen drain.

Also, most holiday celebrations include 11 or more family and friends gathering at your home - which means more people using a home's plumbing system. If pre-existing build up is clogging drains or pipes, then the extra stress during the holidays can easily cause plumbing failure.

Plumbing Prep for the Holidays: Tips to Keep Drains Clear

  • If you are having visitors, be aware of the demands you are putting on your plumbing system.
  • Ask guests to wait 15 minutes between showers to allow time for the drains to clear.
  • Place clean and empty trash receptacles in each bathroom so visitors don't have to flush away anything.
  • Homeowners trying to use their sink or garbage disposal as a garbage can is the number 1 culprit for plumbing problems after Thanksgiving. To prevent this, place a garbage bin in the clean up area, so everyone knows to scrape the dishes before cleanup.
  • If you do use your garbage disposal, start the water and disposal first before emptying plates of food into the sink.

Plumbing Prep Tips for the Holidays: Do's and Don'ts

Even if you have a garbage disposal, Don't put the following items down your sink:

  • Fats
  • Cooking oils
  • Potato and onion peels
  • Fibrous vegetables like celery and pumpkin
  • Bones
  • Skin from poultry

What you can Do to prep your plumbing system:

  • Fix slow drains, leaky faucets, and check for improperly installed appliances right away.
  • Locate your home's main water shut off valve, as well as the hot and cold water supplies to bathroom and kitchen faucets.
  • If you do have a plumbing emergency, shut off the water supply and call a water cleanup specialist for emergency service.

More Info? For more information, check out these Emergency Plumbing Tips!