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How to Prevent Holiday Plumbing Problems

The holidays are a time for family, fun, and food. Between cooking your favorite dishes, baking your favorite desserts, and watching holiday movies, the holidays are a time for celebration. Unfortunately, things go wrong quickly if you end up with a plumbing issue. Between all the foot traffic in the kitchen and everyone cooking their favorite dish, you could easily end up with a clogged drain, damaged garbage disposal, or other plumbing problems if you aren’t careful.

In this blog post, Alpine Plumbing & Rooter will be sharing a few plumbing tips for the upcoming holiday season. The last thing you need is to add a plumbing appointment to your to-do list, so we’ll be discussing a few ways you can avoid any holiday plumbing nightmares. Keep reading to find out!

Schedule a Drain Cleaning

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems, and they can be especially troublesome during the holidays when there is increased cooking and baking. In addition to the kitchen, bathrooms are also highly used during the holidays, especially if you have guests staying over. Schedule a professional drain cleaning with Alpine Plumbing & Rooter before the holiday rush begins to help prevent any issues. Our team will ensure your kitchen and bathroom drains are cleared of debris by the time your guests arrive.

Dispose of Leftovers Properly

Another common issue during the holidays is drains getting clogged with food scraps. To avoid this, dispose of all food properly in the garbage or keep leftovers in the fridge. A few foods that you should never let go down your drain or garbage disposal include:

  • Grease and oil
  • Meat bones
  • Stringy vegetables
  • Potato peels
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells

Wait a Few Minutes in Between Showers

Taking too many showers in a short period of time can lead to decreased water pressure and lukewarm to cold water temperatures. If you have several family members or friends staying with you during the holidays, make sure to space out showers to avoid any problems and give your water heater time to replenish.

Take Care of Your Toilet

The toilet is one of the most used plumbing fixtures in the home, so it’s important to take care of it, especially during the holidays. One of the last things anyone wants to deal with during a holiday dinner is a clogged toilet, so make sure your guests know not to treat your toilet like a trash can. Avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.

Check for Leaks

Check around your house for leaks and have them repaired before they turn into bigger problems down the line! You don’t want to open a scary water bill this holiday season, so make sure you schedule any leak repair appointments you need before everyone arrives for the holidays.

Run Your Dishwasher When It’s Fully Loaded

Another way to prevent plumbing problems this holiday season is only to run your dishwasher when it’s fully loaded. It can be tempting to run the dishwasher as you clean other dishes, but you might only be creating more work for yourself. You can avoid a high water bill and overworking your dishwasher by only running it when it is fully loaded.

By following these tips, you can help prevent common holiday plumbing problems and enjoy a stress-free season. Don’t hesitate to contact Alpine Plumbing & Rooter at (626) 507-6892 or by filling out our online contact form to schedule any plumbing repairs you might need this season. We understand the importance of a properly functioning plumbing system, and we’d be happy to help.