How To Avoid Plumbing Problems This Holiday Season
When it comes to making plans for your family holidays, the last thing you want to worry about is calling a plumber. However, if you do not take the proper precautions and steps necessary to prevent plumbing problems this holiday season, that may just be what you will be doing. With all of the extra people that you will have in your home for the holidays, your plumbing will be under additional strain due to increased use. So, before you gather the family together to celebrate the holidays, make sure to follow these precautions.
Clean Your Drains
Your plumbing fixtures can and most likely will get clogged (at least partially) over time. So, if you have any plumbing fixtures that are running slowly or improperly, even just a little, going into the holiday season, make sure you get them cleared out. And even if there is not a noticeable problem, a little drain cleaning never hurts, just to be on the safe side.
You can clean out your drains in various ways. You can call a plumber to have the drains snaked if you do not want to perform the task yourself. Or you could use a simple, natural method to clear any possible clogs yourself.
Just combine equal parts baking soda and vinegar. When the mixture begins to fizz, pour it down the drain. Allow the mixture to work its way down the drain for about an hour and then run water through the plumbing fixture.
Have Your Sewer Drain Checked
Your sewer drain is the most important plumbing fixture in your home. It carries all of the waste (used) water from your home to the city's water lines and sewer system. If that line gets clogged, your entire basement could flood with dirty water and/or sewage.
So, before you gather for the holidays, have a plumber come out to inspect your sewer drain. They can do so with a scope that houses a small camera. They will be able to see any clogs in the line and remove them easily before they become a problem.
Insulate Your Pipes
The holiday season is also the season for cold, harsh weather. That cold weather can cause your plumbing to freeze if you do not take the time to insulate.
All you need to do is go to your local hardware store and purchase some basic pipe insulation. Then, you just slip that insulation onto any exposed pipes in your home, and they will be protected from the cold.
If you take these basic and simple steps to prepare your plumbing for the holiday season, you will prevent any issues or problems this year. That way you can focus on enjoying your family holiday gatherings.