How to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies During the Holidays

by | Dec 5, 2022 | Leak Detection, Plumbing Service

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and celebrating. Along with all of the extra guests and entertaining, you may also be opening your door to a plumbing emergency if you are not careful. To avoid a plumbing disaster during the holidays, follow these tips:

1. Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper. Flushing anything other than toilet paper, such as sanitary products, paper towels, or even flushable wipes, can clog your toilet and cause it to overflow.

2. Know where your main water shut-off valve is located. In the event of a burst pipe, you’ll need to quickly shut off the water to your home to prevent extensive water damage.

3. Inspect your home’s plumbing for leaks. Check under sinks and around toilets for any signs of water leaks. Be sure to also check your outdoor hose bibs and sprinkler system for leaks.

4. Don’t pour cooking oil down the drain. Cooking oil can solidify in your pipes and cause a blockage. Instead, pour your used cooking oil into a can or jar and dispose of it in the bin.

5. Don’t use chemical drain cleaners. Chemical drain cleaners are harsh and it can damage your pipes. If you have a clogged drain, try using a plunger first. If that doesn’t work, it’s best to contact a professional to avoid making the problem worse.

6. Try not to wash oily pots and pans in your sink. Washing oily pots and pans in your sink can cause a greasy build-up in your pipes. Instead, wash them in your dishwasher or if the sink is your only option make sure to wash them in hot, soapy water.

7. Have your plumbing checked by a professional before the holiday season. Holiday call out fees can be expensive so if you suspect a problem with your plumbing, get it checked out before the holiday season to avoid an emergency call out fee.

8. If you are going away for an extended period of time, consider shutting off the water to your home and draining the pipes. This will help you to avoid a plumbing emergency while you are away. If you are planning on entertaining guests this holiday season, consider how much extra pressure you are putting on your plumbing system. More people means more flushing, more cooking and cleaning, and if you are expecting overnight guests more showers and/or baths. If it’s been a while since your last plumbing inspection, consider getting your system checked ahead of the holidays to avoid a plumbing emergency this festive season.