A lot of people spend weeks preparing their home for the upcoming holiday season. They deep clean the house, purchase additional groceries for guests, and decorate until their home exudes holiday cheer. However, they don't often take the time to make sure their home's plumbing system is prepared for all of the holiday festivities. The last thing anyone wants is for an unexpected plumbing issue to arise during a holiday celebration. Fortunately, advance planning can help prevent holiday-season plumbing problems from spoiling all of your fun.
Adjust the Settings on Your Hot Water Heater
If you're planning to have overnight guests during the holiday season, you need to adjust the settings on your hot water heater to ensure you have the extra hot water you need for showers without overworking your hot water heater. Increasing the temperature setting slightly prompts you to increase the amount of cold water coming through the shower faucet to offset the added heat. Using more cold water during a shower helps conserve the rest of your hot water. This way, everyone can take a hot shower without your hot water heater constantly running.
Avoiding Clogged Toilets
Unfortunately, you can't monitor your bathroom controlling what your guests flush down the toilet. However, you can easily deter any unwanted behavior.
- Make sure your bathroom trash can is out in the open so that it's easy for guests to spot.
- Place extra rolls of toilet paper in a small basket near the toilet — your guests are more likely to flush baby wipes, paper towels, or napkins if they don't know where extra toilet paper is kept.
- Tape a temporary sign near the toilet asking your guests not to flush anything except toilet paper as a reminder.
Avoiding Kitchen Sink Clogs
Preparing a holiday feast is hard work, so it's understandable to have several people working in your kitchen together. However, it's important to remember that your guests don't know your kitchen as well as you do. If you don't have a garbage disposal, it's important to warn your guests before they shove food down your sink drain. If you do have a garbage disposal, you need to make sure your guests don't use your garbage disposal to dispose of:
- Potato or onion skins
- Bones or skin from the meat you're cooking
- Grease, oil, or fat
- Large portions of food
As long as everyone in your house follows the same set of rules, it isn't difficult to avoid common plumbing problems. If you do experience plumbing issues during the holiday season, you should contact a local plumber from a company like Allcounty Plumbing & Heating Corp as soon as possible.