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Holiday Plumbing Tips

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Holiday Plumbing Tips

Keeping the Festive Season Stress-Free

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and, unfortunately, sometimes unexpected plumbing issues. As your trusted plumbing experts, our team at Emergency Plumbing Heating & Air understands that a plumbing problem can quickly turn a festive occasion into a stressful one. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of holiday tips to help keep your plumbing in top shape so you can navigate this season with ease. Follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll be better prepared to keep the water flowing smoothly throughout the holidays.

If you do happen to experience a plumbing or HVAC emergency this holiday season, don’t wait to reach out! Our team is always available to respond to service calls and get your home back on track. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

1. Mindful Kitchen Practices

Holiday feasts often involve rich, delicious dishes, but the aftermath can be a greasy nightmare for your plumbing. To prevent clogs, avoid pouring cooking oils, fats, and grease down the drain. Instead, let them cool and dispose of them in the trash. This simple step can save you from the headache of a blocked kitchen sink during your holiday gatherings.  

2. Be Kind to Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal can be your best friend during holiday meal prep, but it has its limits. Avoid overloading it with large quantities of food scraps. Fibrous and starchy foods like potato peels and celery can be particularly problematic. Opt for small batches and run cold water for at least 15 seconds before and after each use to help prevent clogs.  

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3. Watch What You Flush

With guests in the house, your plumbing system may experience additional stress. Remind everyone to be mindful of what they flush down the toilet. Flushable wipes, sanitary products, and excessive toilet paper can lead to clogs and backups. Provide a clearly labeled trash bin in the bathroom to encourage proper disposal. If you notice any signs of a leak or clog, make sure to get these checked out before hosting lots of guests.  

4. Check Your Water Heater

There’s nothing worse than discovering your water heater has given up on a chilly winter day. Before the holiday rush, check your water heater for signs of leaks, strange noises, or insufficient hot water. Our holiday tips are all about preventing problems, but if you notice any issues, don’t hesitate to call Emergency Plumbing Heating & Air for a thorough inspection and timely repairs.  

5. Insulate Exposed Pipes: Guard Against Freezing

Winter temperatures can be harsh on your plumbing, especially if you live in colder climates. Take the time to insulate exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas like the basement or crawl spaces. This simple precaution can prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting, saving you from a major plumbing disaster.
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6. Monitor Water Pressure

High water pressure might seem like a minor concern, but it can wreak havoc on your plumbing system over time. Invest in a water pressure gauge and ensure your pressure levels are within the recommended range (40-60 psi). Excessive pressure can lead to leaks, burst pipes, and other plumbing nightmares. 

7. Fix Minor Leaks Promptly

A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but over time, it can lead to significant water damage and increased water bills. Inspect your plumbing fixtures for any signs of leaks, such as dripping faucets or small puddles under sinks. If you spot a leak, address it promptly or call Emergency Plumbing for professional assistance. 

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday Season With Emergency Plumbing

As you prepare for the festivities ahead, remember that a little plumbing maintenance can go a long way in ensuring a smooth and stress-free holiday season. By following our holiday tips, you’ll not only protect your home from potential disasters but also ensure that you can focus on creating lasting memories with friends and family.

At Emergency Plumbing, we’re here to support you. If you encounter any plumbing issues during the holidays or need a thorough pre-holiday inspection, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to provide reliable and efficient plumbing solutions so you can enjoy the season without worry. Make this holiday season memorable for all the right reasons—happy plumbing!

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