Plumbing Disaster

Nothing beats having a table surrounded by family and friends enjoying a fantastic holiday meal together.

Unfortunately, a plumbing disaster can strike anytime, especially after a cleanup that’s involved with a big holiday dinner. Here are five tips to avoid holiday plumbing fiascos:

  1. Know where your water shut-off valve is located. No matter what plumbing problem may erupt, your first call to duty is to shut off the water.
  2. Don’t put any grease, fat, or oil down the drain or in your garbage disposal. These fats ruin pipes just like they can ruin your circulatory system if you eat them in heavy doses. Instead, put hot oil, grease, and fat in a container to cool. Then, throw it in the garbage.
  3. Don’t put stringy celery, crunchy turkey bones or other bulky items in your garbage disposal that could clog it up. Also, don’t stuff your disposal to the point that it works so hard it just quits on you. Instead, follow your manufacturer’s instructions on what foods should be put in your disposal. Remember, cut up food and place items in one at a time.
  4. Remind houseguests that only toilet paper is thrown in the toilet. Baby wipes and flushable wipes can clog up a toilet and your sewer system. Provide a trash basket by the toilet for guests to throw those things away.
  5. If you do have a clogged drain or a toilet, don’t use over-the-counter drain-clearing products. They are harmful to your skin and could corrode your pipes. Instead, try a plunger or an auger (a “snake) for a clogged toilet, tub or sink. If that doesn’t work, call us.

Enjoy the season without any holiday hiccups from your plumbing system. If you do encounter a plumbing problem over the holidays, remember to call us at 610.649.8080. We have a 24-hour emergency service. Take advantage of our service coupon for whatever havoc the holidays may bring you.

Sources:
McFadden, Terry. “Angie’s List: Holiday Plumbing,” WNDU.com.
Spencer, Roy. “Pain in the Drain: The Holidays Can Be Tough on Your Plumbing.” The Allstate Blog.