Nothing can ruin holiday festivities faster than a plumbing disaster. Though most people don’t realize it, plumbing systems go through a lot of extra work during the “most wonderful time of the year.” To ensure that your holiday gatherings go off without a hitch, use these plumbing tips:
If you are already aware of a plumbing issue in your home like a slow sink drain, a toilet that clogs weekly, or a faucet that you have difficulty shutting off, won’t get better with guests in the house. The issue will most likely get worse as more people use your home’s plumbing. Contact a plumber to take care of these items.
The toilet won't stop running.
Fortunately, you can usually fix this problem yourself. If the flapper that is attached to a chain is ajar, put it back in place to make the toilet stop running.
The toilet is clogged.
If a plunger doesn't do the job, try pouring a little dish soap in the toilet. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Pour in some hot water to flush it. If it looks like it may overflow when you flush it again, turn off the water at the shut-off valve or adjust the float.
The bathtub/sink won't drain.
The kitchen sink won't drain. Do not use a chemical drain cleaner on a sink or shower. This is especially true with kitchen sinks and clogged garbage disposals. Chemicals can be harsh on your pipes and may damage them. Try to find the source of the clog. It may be clumps of hair and soap residue, which you can remove with a plastic drain snake. If that doesn't work, call a plumber.
The garbage disposal isn't working.
Limit what you put down the garbage disposal. Several holiday foods pose a threat to your garbage disposal’s health. Fibrous or starchy veggies and their peels can cause clogs and jams in the unit’s components. Hard items, like seeds, pits, and bones, can break your garbage disposal altogether. Oil, grease, and fat can also wreak havoc on the drain, so dispose of these substances directly into the trash.