Plumbing Tips and Tricks During the Holidays

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We spend time with family and friends, we host huge parties, and enjoy our favorite holiday meals. All this holiday fun brings extra usage of your home’s plumbing. We tend to see extra calls due to clogs, backing up toilets, and wrecked garbage disposals so we are sharing tips and tricks to keep your drains clear and reduce strain on your plumbing.

Before the holidays, make sure you follow these 4 Steps to Winterizing Your Home and Preventing Frozen Pipes to keep your pipes flowing!

Keep Your Kitchen Plumbing Flowing

Your kitchen receives heavy use around the holidays from making Christmas cookies to cooking up huge holiday meals. Be careful not to overdo the kitchen drain and disposal. Follow these tips to take care of your drain and disposal and it will take care of you!

Never Pour Grease Down the Drain
It may be tempting to just dump a little bit of grease or other extra items down the drain during the hustle and bustle of holiday meal prep but doing that could easily create a major clog. Pour grease into a can and throw it into your freezer. Once it freezes then throw it out!

Don’t Overdo Your Disposal
With all the prep that comes with huge holiday meals, don’t forget the rules of the disposal. Never put potato skins, egg shells, bones, coffee grounds, or anything fibrous down the drain. When in doubt, throw it out! Don’t treat your disposal like the garbage can.

Reduce Extra Strain on Plumbing

The holidays may mean guests staying over, kids coming home from college or large gatherings in your home! Follow these tips and tricks to reduce the extra strain on your plumbing and avoid clogs before they even happen.

Add a Mesh Drain Cover Over Drain
With extra people using your bathtub or shower that means extra stuff going down the drain! Avoid a holiday clog by putting a mesh drain in and cleaning it out every day (depending on the number of guests).

Only Flush Toilet Paper and Human Waste Down the Toilet
A great holiday party has fantastic food, delicious drinks, and lots of good company. It also means lots of trips to the bathroom! Only flush toilet paper and human waste down your toilet to avoid backups and clog-ups. One of the top reasons a toilet starts backing up is because something other than toilet paper and human waste were flushed down.

You certainly can put up a little sign in your bathroom that asks guests to only flush toilet paper. However, if you don’t want to take it that extreme try to have a garbage can right next to the toilet to make it easy for guests to get rid of any other items.

Have an Expert Plumber Handy

These tips will help you avoid any disasters around the holidays, however, something might happen! Have the name and number of a trusted local plumbing in your phone or on your fridge. Call right away if something happens and our team is happy to come help.

One Hour Rooter is your trusted plumber in the metro Minneapolis area. Call us at 612-354-8984 if you need help with frozen pipes or for any plumbing needs.

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